BPA: Obesity, Aggression, and More

BPA: Obesity, Aggression, and More

BPA: Obesity, Aggression, and More

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Bisphenol A or BPA may sounds like another name for a gas station, but it’s actually an industrial chemical that lurks in some plastic bottles and containers.

If you’re drinking a bottle of water right now, you may be ingesting BPA. If you used a can of tomatoes last night when making your famous meat sauce, you may have been consuming the chemical as well. BPA is most commonly found in water bottles, tin cans, baby bottles and caps, as well as plastic storage containers, register receipts and even some toys.

The reason why it is essential to know where BPA may be hiding is because research has shown that BPA, which actually seeps into food and beverages from the containers that they are in, can cause numerous health problems.

Recently studies have linked BPA with a 10% increase in the likelihood of experiencing heart disease. The reasoning behind this is because BPA is thought to suppress a hormone that protects people from having heart attacks, oxidative stress and damages to the cells in blood vessels.

BPA can also wreck havoc on the intestines. A study done on animals, using 10 times below the level currently thought to be safe for humans showed that BPA caused the intestinal walls to fail, causing a condition called “leaky gut syndrome”. Damage to intestinal lining can cause toxins and bacteria to leak into the body and cause damage to tissue and organs.

Reproductive issues can also surmount when consume of BPA exceeds the safe amount. Chronic exposure to the chemical can impair the growth and function of the female reproductive system because the chemical structure of BPA is similar to estrogen, the main sex hormone in women. When BPA takes the role of estrogen in a woman’s body, less progesterone is made, thus trumping reproduction.

In accordance with reproductive issues, erectile dysfunction too can occur with an increased consumption of BPA. Men are not supposed to have much estrogen in their bodies, so when BPA enters and acts as estrogen, it causes erectile difficulties.

BPA has also been linked to diabetes and obesity. The reasoning behind this is because BPA causes an increase in insulin output from the pancreas and a high level of insulin in the body can cause a reduction in the body’s ability to break down fat, which leads to a greater risk of obesity.

Aggression and hyperactivity are two other symptoms of BPA toxicity commonly seen in children due to their overuse of BPA laden baby bottles, food containers and toys. Child-bearing women also need to be wary of their BPA consumption because research has shown that BPA can affect unborn children as it travels through the umbilical cord.

Clearly BPA is a big problem, yet companies that use the chemical are doing little if anything at all to rid the chemical from their packaging. Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration is reviewing information about BPA and will hopefully release a statement to better protect us from its danger.

In the mean time, it’s smart to educate yourself on what products, foods, toys, etc, you should avoid in order to avoid BPA poisoning.

Unless the product clearly states “BPA free” be wary when using:

  1. Canned Goods
  2. Toilet Paper
  3. Beer and Wine
  4. Recycled Paper Products
  5. Credit Card Receipts
  6. Plastic Cups, Utensils, Plates
  7. Drinking Containers
  8. Baby Food Jars

Some food companies have luckily caught on to the fact that BPA can be quite dangerous so they have ceased producing products with BPA. For example, “Eden Foods” brand uses BPA free cans.

Another way to cut down on exposure of this toxin is by avoiding #7 polycarbonate plastic containers, unless they specify that they are BPA free. Using glass containers instead of plastic for storage and for microwave purposes is also rather smart. Also, please do not put plastics in the dishwasher for the heat will further the leaching of the chemical.

It’s unfortunate that BPA has been found in 95% of humans who have been tested, with women and children being even more susceptible. Hopefully in the near future regulations will be instilled so as to rid this chemical completely.

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