What is BPA and Why You Should Be Concerned
A (abbreviated BPA) is an organic compound with the formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2.
Bisphenol A, commonly used
in plastics and polyesters, has become controversial because
it mimics estrogen and thus could induce unhealthy hormonal responses.
Bisphenol A's most popular use is in Polycarbonate
plastic, which is clear and nearly shatter-proof. It is used to
make a variety
including baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical devices,
CDs, and household electronics.
Studies show that bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor:
it is an estrogen receptor agonist, which means the agonists
can act like the body's own hormones, leading to similar physiological
effects on the body. A long term low
dose exposure to bisphenol A may induce chronic toxicity in humans,
and recent studies suggest it may also be linked to carcinogenic
effects and produce precursors of breast cancer.
2007, a consensus statement by 38 experts on bisphenol A concluded
that average levels in people are above those that
cause harm to animals in laboratory experiments, and a panel
convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health determined that
there was "some concern" about BPA's effects on fetal
and infant brain development and behavior.
What can you do to protect yourself from BPA?
1. Do not heat food or liquid in plastic, or store
hot food or liquid in plastic containers - When such plastics are
exposed to hot liquids, bisphenol A leaches out
than it does under normal conditions, at up to 32 ng/hour.
Do not use regular plastic baby bottles. Looks for glass (yes,
they're back) or BPA- free baby bottles AND nipples. For online
companies that sell BPA-free baby products, please visit the
Kid's section at Happyhippie.com
Drink water from glass, or a BPA-free tested bottle. ReusableBags.com
now offer reusable bottles that are BPA Free - such as the SIGG