Since 1960, industrials all around the world started using a new type of chemical called BPA for manufacturing many plastic and resins. BPA stands for “Bisphenol A”.
The use of BPA is very often in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Today, polycarbonate is often used in making various food and beverage storing containers such as drink bottles. Some other consumer product may also be made of BPA.
Consumer goods such as food cans, bottle tops, water supply line and many other metal products are coated from the inside with epoxy resins. Epoxy resins are also very often used in dental sealants and composites.
The reason why this chemical is considered hazardous is its ability of seeping into food and beverages from containers that are made with Bisphenol A. Exposure to BPA can cause some serious health related issues because it directly effects on the brain, prostate gland of infants, children and fetuses.
Various research has shown that this chemical can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with Bisphenol A. Exposure to this chemical is a concern because of possible health effects of on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
After conducting hundreds of research programs and reviews based on various studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods.
The Food and Drug Administration is continuing its review of BPA by supporting ongoing research. If you are concerned about BPA, the following steps can reduce your exposure or at least can minimal the risk of this chemical.
The best way to get rid of this chemical is seeking BPA-free products. Today, the consumer market is full of BPA-free products, so go for products labeled as BPA-free. If you are unable to find such products then keep in mind that some plastic marked with recycle code 3 and 7 may be made with this chemical.
The other most authentic way of getting rid of this chemical is the cut down of cans. Reduce the usage of canned foods since most of them are coated with BPA-containing resin.
The National Institute of Environment Health Sciences, part of the National Institute of Health strongly advises avoiding heat by not putting polycarbonate plastics in a microwave or in the dishwasher because of high risk of BPA leaching into the food due to plastic may break down over time.
By using alternatives such as aluminum and stainless steel made containers for hot foods and liquids we can completely cut down BPA from getting into our food. You can also stay safe by using plastic containers but make sure to buy BPA fee labeled products.
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