As evidence of BPA danger grows, find out how you can avoid exposure

It’s in the can

Just a few weeks ago, Canadian officials recognized BPA as a toxin.

Then a few days later, the European Union Commission voted to ban the use of BPA in baby bottles.

But the World Health Organization and the American Chemistry Council believe the science on BPA doesn’t show a need for public health measures.

New evidence reveals that Canada and Europe are making the wiser choices. And not a moment too soon.

Harming your heart and hormones

BPA is Bisphenol A–a chemical that’s been controversial for decades.

About 70 years ago, BPA was found to be too toxic for use as a hormone replacement drug. But other industries saw no problem at all in putting the chemical to use in food containers, eating utensils, plastic bowls, baby bottles and pacifiers.

What could possibly go wrong? The answer: decay. Over time, BPA decays and leaches into canned foods and beverages, as well as liquids in plastic bottles.

And THEN came the research…

Two years ago, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that high urinary BPA concentrations might be linked to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and abnormal concentrations of liver enzymes.

New research confirms one of those risks.

When UK researchers matched BPA content in urine samples with years of health records for nearly 1,500 subjects, aged 18 to 74, they came to this conclusion: “Higher BPA exposure, reflected in higher urinary concentrations of BPA, is consistently associated with reported heart disease in the general adult population of the USA.”

If risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes were the only problems, that would be plenty enough. But last month, a new study showed that BPA exposure may cause immune system dysfunction in adults. And apparently it all comes down to your hormone system, which is known to be disrupted by high exposure to BPA.

Go free

So how concerned should you be about a trace of BPA here and a trace of BPA there?

In a 2009 article, HSI Panelist Jon Barron cited an investigation that found significant traces of BPA in every can of food examined. So believe it: the concern is real.

And the first step in avoiding BPA is pretty obvious: steer clear of canned foods and beverages. One exception: Eden Foods. More than 10 years ago (WAY ahead of the curve), this organic food company went to great lengths to make the switch to BPA-free cans.

You can easily shop for BPA-free food and beverage containers, including feeding bottles for infants. Just Google “BPA-free” and you’ll discover a world of products and foods that won’t put your entire hormone system at risk.

Sources:
“The Impact of Bisphenol A and Triclosan on Immune Parameters in the US Population, NHANES 2003-2006” Environmental Health Perspectives, Published online ahead of print, 11/29/10, eph03.niehs.nih.gov
“Association of Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration with Heart Disease: Evidence from NHANES 2003/06? PLoS One, 1/13/10, plosone.org
“Why Men Should Avoid BPA” Jon Barron, Healthier Talk, 12/23/09, healthiertalk.com

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