Monday, February 22, 2010

BPA- What is it and Why should we be concerned?

BPA (Bisphenol-A), according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS) is a chemical compound produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics.
In smart snacker terms…commonly used consumer plastics, particularly polycarbonate plastics, like water and infant bottles, food packaging, sunglasses, and medical devices (NIEHS, 2010). The most common way to get BPA is through the diet and by use of these potentially containing BPA plastics.

Why the concern for BPA? Some extremely-high levels of BPA may cause health effects in humans and unborn fetuses that may have had BPA exposure. According to a recent study done by National Geographic News health effects may mean heart disease; "In a sampling of U.S. adults, those with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were more than twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease than those with the lowest concentrations of BPA."

Are you in harms way because you are using a plastic bottle everyday?
Well, based on personal research…there are several water bottles available in local sports stores (dicks, REI, etc) that have a BPA-Free seal (Make sure to look for this) for your protection. In my opinion, if you are refilling your plastic bottles that you have purchased from your local grocer make sure you are sticking to these bottles for one-time use only.

How can you avoid BPA?
- Limit microwaving in plastic containers
- Look for the BPA-seals on water and baby bottles
- Rinse your canned foods prior to consumption

Check it out for the news...BPA in National Geographic News

Tough topic, what do you think?

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