Bisphenol A Exposure
Bisphenol A (BPA) Facts
Bisphenol A is used to harden plastics; it is common in medical devices, water bottles, canned food and drink linings, compact disks and many other products.
Most BPA exposure comes from consuming foods which have been stored in containers made with BPA, but it is possible to get BPA exposure through air, dust and water also. Young children may be exposed by hand to mouth and direct contact with materials which contain BPA.
Although the exact affect of BPA on humans is not fully clear the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have expressed concern about the potential for BPA to affect:
- Hormone levels – Animal studies have shown mixed results but some experts believe that it is possible for BPA to disrupt normal hormone levels in children, babies and fetuses
- The Brain – The National Toxicology Program at the FDA has expressed concern about BPA’s possible effects on the brain and behavior of young children and infants
- Cancer risks – Some animal studies have shown a possible link between BPA exposure and an increased cancer risk
How To Prevent BPA Exposure
- Polycarbonate is very durable but over time it can break down with high temperatures and overuse, so do not microwave polycarbonate plastics
- Check the recycle code on the bottom of your plastic containers, those marked with codes 3 or 7 may contain BPA
- Reduce your use of canned foods and drinks
- Try and use glass, stainless steel or porcelain containers for hot food or liquids
- Use baby bottles and sippy cups that are BPA free