The letters “BPA” have evolved into a warning sign in recent years. Those letters are the reason you’ve thrown out and steered clear of any plastic items, particularly food containers and sippy cups. Those letters are also the reason you scan the label of every canned product looking for that welcoming phrase, “BPA-free liner”.
Due to the health problems BPA has been proven to cause, including prostate cancer and heart disease, companies have been using BPS instead. Unfortunately, BPS and BPA have more in common than just two letters. They also have similar health consequences. Below, researchers share their issues with BPA and its alternatives:
Research presented at a recent joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago sheds doubt on the safety of this BPA alternative: Preliminary animal studies find that BPS exposure changes the brain structure of zebrafish, resulting in hyperactive babies, and it may also cause heart arrhythmias in female rats.
At the same conference, Duke University researchers presented evidence that BPA speeds the growth of breast cancer cells. What’s more: their study revealed that exposure to the chemical lowers the effectiveness of a targeted anti-cancer drug for inflammatory breast cancer—a rare, aggressive form of the disease that has one of the worst survival rates.
Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group, suggests staying away from the culprits that we commonly associate with BPA: water bottles, baby bottles, the lining of canned goods, thermal paper, receipt paper, FedEx waybills, medical imaging results, deli meat paper, and number 7 plastics, such as hard plastic toys, straws, and food containers.
Opt for glass and food-grade stainless steel containers when you can. As for receipts, decline
them, keep them in an envelope, or have them emailed to you (if your job requires you to handle them, wear gloves).
The good news is that with technological advancement and continuing research, we will hopefully be able to find an alternative that won’t harm our health. Until then, keep plastic products at an arm’s length.
You’ll want to read the entire story on Prevention’s website to learn more about the health risks of BPA and BPS:
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