Did you know….
- BPA is one of the most common chemicals to which we are exposed to in our everyday life. It is the building block of polycarbonate plastic (other, #7) and is also used in the manufacturing of epoxy resins for lining metal food and beverage cans.
- This coating helps to prevent canned foods from becoming tainted or spoiled by bacterial contamination; is to prevent corrosion of the can and contamination of food and beverages with dissolved metals.
- Consumer Reports’ latest tests of canned foods (soups, juice, tuna, and green beans) found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contained some BPA. The canned organic foods tested did not always have lower BPA levels than nonorganic brands of similar foods analyzed. Chemicals were found in some products of cans that were labeled “BPA-free.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) has been associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, miscarriages, breast and prostate cancer, reproductive dysfunction, metabolic dysfunction and diabetes, and neurological and behavioral disorders.
- There are alternatives out there to using epoxy resin. Polyester can be used in place of BPA or as an overlay on BPA coating, reducing by 95% the amount of BPA leached into our foods. Natural oils and resins can be used as a lining, such Oleoresin which is a natural mixture of an oil and resin extracted from various plants (pine or balsam). So why aren’t we using it? I am guessing it is cost related.
With all this said, there are skeptics of course, that state human exposure to BPA is minimal and poses no health risk.
“Over four decades of extensive safety research on BPA, shows that consumer products made with BPA are safe for their intended uses and pose no known risks to human health.” (Bishenol-A)
The chemical industry doesn’t think we should be alarmed, noting that Americans absorb quantities of BPA at safe levels and these levels are deemed safe by government standards.
However, what about all the other studies done that prove the contrary? What about the increase in cancer over the years? I guess it is just a fluke and not related to our exposure to known toxins? Right?!
The Cancer Fund is trying to ban the chemical from food and beverages.
For me and my family, it is really not worth the risk. We are exposed to countless toxics daily; from formaldehyde in our couches to phthalates in our shampoo to pesticides in our fruits and veggies.
Maybe the amount of BPA we are exposed to daily in our environment does not have a huge effect, but most probably the FDA and other agencies are not taking into consideration all the other toxins we are exposed to, and this I believe is what is putting our health in jeopardy.
In the long run, I personally believe we are better off using non-toxic products. If we were to add up all the toxics we introduced into our bodies daily, I am sure it would be a large number.
Expose your family to known toxins or try and reduce your exposure. What do you have to loose, really?
You be the judge.
Come back Monday for 10 tips to reduce your BPA exposure!
BPA, chemicals, food, Metal cans, Plastic