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How Can The BPA In Plastic Damage Your Health?

Plastic is a product that most people use in everyday life. We drink water out of plastic bottles, feed our babies formula from plastic baby bottles and even store and heat food in plastic containers. These items have become a way of life for our society that is always on the go. Although they save us a lot of time, we all need to evaluate the health risks associated with plastics.

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A is a chemical that is used in the production of plastics. It hardens the plastic for safer transport of the substance contained inside the container. Unfortunately, Bisphenol A tends to leach into the food or beverages stored in plastic.

What Problems Can BPA Cause?

Bisphenol A is a substance that can be harmful to your health. It has the potential to disrupt the production of hormones and can possibly inhibit normal development. In men, the consumption of BPA can lead to a decreased sperm count, infertility and impotence.

There are countless other health issues associated with consuming BPA. Women’s health issues include uterine cancer and breast cancer. Men can experience prostate cancer as a result of BPA. Health issues that affect both sexes include asthma, heart problems, diabetes and thyroid imbalances that lead to obesity.

Banning Plastics with BPA

Several countries have banned the use of BPA in plastics. Even a few states in the US have done so. The EPA has yet to put a ban on the use of plastics that include BPA throughout the nation.

Is BPA Only In Water Bottles?

BPA is contained in many plastics. As scary as it sounds, baby bottles actually have BPA in the plastic. The countries in the European Union have banned the production of BPA embedded baby bottles because they are known to promote the growth of tumors and suppress the immune system. Even China banned BPA in products that are used by children. The United States should follow suit to protect the babies.

What Can I Use Other Than Plastic?

Glass is a great way to eliminate the use of BPA. It can be sterilized and eventually be recycled when you no longer need it. Ceramic and pottery are also BPA free substances. Wood is also a safe alternative to plastic and is a renewable resource that is environmentally friendly.

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