It’s the chemical we all know by now to avoid – BPA.
And companies know that too, because you can’t go shopping for anything plastic these days without seeing a big sticker on it saying “BPA FREE!
But in the panic to keep selling all those water bottles, baby bottles, sippy cups and food containers that had been made with BPA, companies didn’t bother to study what they used to replace it.
So now we have BPS, which looks like it’s even worse for us than BPA.
Of course the FDA didn’t bother investigating this new chemical. That took researchers at the University of Calgary.
And they discovered even at very, very low doses, BPS causes significant brain damage in the embryos of zebra fish.
Zebra fish, the researchers said, are especially good subjects to study human brain development. And if what they found in these zebra fish babies is even remotely similar to what BPS can do to human babies, we’re in big trouble.
They found that exposure to BPS at a critical time in zebra fish development can cause the abnormal growth of neurons in their brains.
And all those extra neurons can translate into childhood hyperactivity and other developmental problems such as autism.
The researchers said that being able to link BPS and BPA to “adverse brain development” was “almost like finding a smoking gun.”
So it’s obvious that just avoiding BPA isn’t enough. We need to steer clear of all plastics, even the ones that imply they’re safe – and that’s especially true for pregnant women.
- Ditch the plastic water bottles for stainless steel. Some companies are even making glass water bottles wrapped in a kind of “safety” holder.
- Forget the plastic food containers and get some glass ones. They come in all sizes and are even better at keeping food fresh.
- Avoid canned food, since BPS may also be used to replace BPA in cans, even the ones that say ‘”BPA free.” Whenever you can, buy fresh or frozen foods instead.
- And never, ever microwave food in plastic containers.
“Popular ‘BPA-free’ chemical causes brain damage, study finds,” Leah Zerbe, January 13, 2015, Rodale News, rodalenews.com