Can’t get enough Bishpenol a and Phthalates

So BPA is a pretty popular topic in the media right now. A lot of people are citing how dangerous it is but I feel that the general public really has no idea what it’s in, what it does, or what it is. BPA is a chemical not for ingestion and therefore is not regulated in the US. The only things regulated by the FDA are, just that, food and drugs (medicinal only). BPA stands for Bishpenol a (pronounced Bys-fen-all a) and it’s a chemical used a lot in everyday consumer items such as plastic containers, tin cans (BPA lines the inside of most canned items) and even baby bottles. The big chemical companies in America are working very hard to mitigate everyone’s concern about the toxicity levels in plastic by simply telling the public that there is nothing harmful in these substances. Wow, that makes me feel better.

It’s created by condensing acetone with phenol (carbolic acid).  I know that’s probably useless jargon but I think it adds some drama. Okay, so here’s a list of things that BPA has been known to be in. You can only be sure an item is BPA free if it is labeled ‘BPA free’ but even then, there’s probably some loophole.

Some items with BPA:

Smartsource water bottles are stainless steel and the plastic cap is Polypropylene, a BPA free plastic.

-food can liners (canned soup, tuna, vegetables)

-water pipes

-baby bottles and infant formula

-dental fillings

-plastic food containers (like the stuff Chinese food comes in)

-water bottles, soda bottles, any kind of disposable bottles!!!!

– things marked with a recycling number 7 (on the bottom of containers inside the arrow triangle, 7 designates polycarbonate plastics)

-sunglasses

-electronics (like the computer I’m using to type this)

-cds and dvds (good thing more people are pirates now!)

Health Risks related to BPA exposure:

-birth defects

-prostate cancer

-breast cancer

-low sperm count

-diabetes, insulin resistance

-heart disease

-obesity

-behavioral abnormalities such as ADHD and some have even mentioned Austism

Lower Your Exposure to BPA:

-look for items that aren’t marked with a recycling number 7

-look for product alternatives that come in glass containers or are actually marked ‘BPA free’

-give up bottled water all together, you don’t need it and it doesn’t need you

-use your own bottle (such as stainless steel) and refill it

-avoid canned items (a good tip I heard recently for canned beans is to rinse them before using; she did it to reduce the amount of sodium but it might help for this)

-don’t microwave ANY kind of plastic container! Even those marked microwave safe, just transfer it to a real bowl or plate

-invest in some reusable bags

-ask your dentist to not inject you with BPA

For more information and website I got some statistics from:

http://www.smartsourcebottles.com/

http://www.nrdc.org/living/chemicalindex/bisphenol-a.asp

http://www.thedailygreen.com

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/december-2009/food/bpa/overview/bisphenol-a-ov.htm

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