BPA Plastic- Bisphenol A (BPA) is a common ingredient involved in manufacturing plastic food containers; baby bottles, plastic cups and canned baby formula are all common vehicles for BPA. So what’s all the fuss about? According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), BPA slowly leeks into the contents which they were designed to contain, either through heavy usage or exposure to high heat. While BPA only stays in the system for a few days, researchers worry that daily contact with BPA may pose serious health risks.
The NRDC- Natural Resources Defense Council connects BPA with a long hit list of serious ailments, ranging from heart disease, breast and prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, and reproductive problems. They even go as far as to claim that 93% of all Americans carry trace amounts of BPA , and that our brain chemistry and behavior are negatively influenced. Reproductive Toxicology reports we generally carry 10 times the amount of BPA that is considered safe.
The USFDA is finally on the case, reacting to public concern that babies and young children are consuming BPA at a rate which may be extremely harmful to their health. Nalgene water bottles immediately made the switch to BPA-free plastic over concern that their popular sports bottles might leak toxic chemicals into water. But don’t expect a similar response from Europe; scientists there discount BPA danger as an erroneous scientific conclusion.
In the meantime, parents of babies are warned not to expose baby bottles to high heat and to check their dishwashers heat setting. Microwaving is definitely not recommended for any plastic product which doesn’t carry a seal of approval for microwave usage. And don’t ever leave a plastic water bottle in a closed car during the summertime- if you do, just chuck it. Look out for BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups. And Sigg metal water bottles are an attractive and trendy alternative to plastic, though a bit costly. Think of it as an investment into one of your most important commodities – your health.