BPA Free Plastics Are Not Much Better For Our Bodies

September 14, 2018

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Plastics have been in the news lately with a chemical used in its creation called BPA.  From plastic bottles to plastic-lined cans to medical devices, BPA is all around our modern world. The problem, with plastics is that over time, certain compounds that make up plastic, such as BPA, can leach out and find its way into our bodies as the plastic itself begins to degrade (from being repeatedly heated in a microwave, for example). Scientists have found that BPA, in particular, is one of many chemicals thought to interfere with our endocrine system, which regulates how hormones affect everything from our fertility to brain development. As a result consumers have been seeking out BPA free plastics believing they are safer. However the same scientists who linked BPA with bad health effects say BPA-free plastics aren’t necessarily any safer for us. The chemical used to replace BPA is called BPS, which is in the same class of epoxy resins, which can, and do, still leak out. Testing on BPS plastics on mice found BPS affects the reproductive systems the same as BPA and those effects could be happening in people. Though manufacturers have shied away from making explicit claims about BPA replacements being safer, customers have certainly assumed that they are safer. The Food and Drug Administration still maintain that current levels of BPA exposure in food are not a concern to human health, pointing to research showing that people metabolize BPA faster than mice, dulling any possible toxic effects. However you can reduce your exposure to BPA, BPS  and other plastics that leach into your bodies by consuming fewer canned foods and opting for those packaged with cardboard and glass, drinking fluids from glass or paper containers and not to cook or reheat foods in plastic ware, including that "to go" container.

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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