Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yet More on BPA

The US Center of Disease Control (CDC) released results of a study concluding that more than 92% of Americans have BPA (Bisphenol A) in their urine. Wow!

BPA is an industrial chemical used in the manufacture of clear plastic bottles and food-can liners. These chemicals have been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. Some studies have linked it to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.

Unfortunately, developing fetuses and babies are the most vulnerable to BPA's toxic effects. So, the very first step is replacing the old baby bottles and sippy cups to BPA-free ones. Also, be aware that BPA contaminates liquid baby formula sold in metal cans. Choosing powdered versions is a much safer option.

As a rule of thumb, avoid canned foods, and don't use polycarbonate plastics for warm food and drinks.

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