BPA, or Bisphenol-A is a chemical typically found in most plastics, soda cans and canned foods. Why should you and your family avoid BPA?
Because it is toxic and causes a multitude of health problems, especially in children. Here’s an article by Catherine Stack, a naturopathic doctor that tells why the FDA isn’t about to prohibit this toxin, even though it’s been banned in Canada since 2010:
Why You and Your Family Should Avoid BPA
Niagara Gazette: BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical that has been linked to early puberty, disrupted reproductive cycles, decreased sperm count and quality, cancer, obesity and heart disease and more. The glands of your endocrine system and the hormones they release are directly related to mood, growth and development, as well as metabolism. Some studies suggest that infants and children may be the most vulnerable to the effects of BPA.
BPA is one of the world’s highest production chemicals and is extremely common in many forms of packaging and other places you would not expect. BPA is found in canned foods and soda cans, all plastics not labeled “BPA-free”, certain tooth sealants, receipts and even currency. Even though you are not likely to avoid handling currency, you can minimize your exposure by keeping money contained in a wallet and not handling it after you apply lotions, as this would increase absorption. People who microwave using plastic containers are maximizing exposure to BPA.
According to a study published by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2010, U.S. adults with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were more than twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease as compared to those with the lowest levels.
The National Resources Defense Council filed a petition with the FDA, calling for the ban of BPA in products manufactured in the United States. When the FDA failed to respond, the NRDC filed a lawsuit forcing them to respond. Unfortunately, the FDA’s response was typical as it favored industry over human health.
Thanks to the FDA’s refusal to ban BPA from food packaging, production is estimated to be 4.7 million tons in 2012. BPA manufacturers will likely earn 8 billion dollars. whole article here…
Here’s another article that tells you how to avoid BPA (especially for babies):
Infant formula: All U.S. manufacturers use BPA-based lining on the metal portions of the formula containers. Tests of liquid formulas by FDA and EWG show that BPA leaches into the formula from all brands tested. Enfamil formula appears to have the highest concentrations of the 20 tests. EWG is concerned about BPA exposures for babies fed liquid formula. Choose powdered formula which may not have BPA in packaging and which is more diluted with water. If your baby needs liquid formula look for types sold in plastic or glass containers.
Our testing of canned foods found that BPA leaches from the liner into the food itself. Sensitive groups such as kids and pregnant women should limit canned food consumption. Beverages appear to contain less BPA residues, while canned pasta and soups contain the highest levels. Rinsing canned fruit or vegetables with water prior to heating and serving could lessen BPA ingestion.
Certain plastics called polycarbonates leach low levels of BPA into food or liquids. Leaching from plastic baby bottles and food containers appears to happen at a much lower level than found in canned foods and baby formula. Nevertheless it is good to take simple precautions.
BPA is found in polycarbonate plastic food containers often marked on the bottom with the letters “PC” recycling label #7. Not all #7 labeled products are polycarbonate but this is a reasonable guideline for a category of plastics to avoid. Polycarbonate plastics are rigid and transparent and used for sippy cups, baby bottles, food storage, and water bottles. Some polycarbonate water bottles are marketed as ‘non-leaching’ for minimizing plastic taste or odor, however there is still a possibility that trace amounts of BPA will migrate from these containers, particularly if used to heat liquids. http://www.ewg.org/bisphenol-a-info
So what’s the FDA’s excuse as to why they won’t ban BPA? According to ABCNews,The FDA said:
“The Natural Resources Defense Council (that called for the ban on BPA) didn’t have the scientific data needed for the FDA to change current regulations on the chemical.”
Okay… That’s an acceptable excuse, isn’t it? See more of this article here