BPA. You’ve probably heard of this one. BPA is found in some plastics and resins, often those used in containers that store food and drink, such as canned products and water bottles. The majority of our exposure to BPA comes from food packaging, from which BPA leaches into food and liquids we drink.
The reason to avoid BPA is that it is a synthetic estrogen, meaning it can mimic estrogen in the body and thereby disrupt the endocrine system – the system the creates the hormones that regulate reproduction, growth and development, sleep, mood, and metabolism – among other things1. Research has connected BPA exposure to a wide range of health issues, including infertility, breast and reproductive system cancers, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, and behavioral changes in children 2, 3.
So, if it's BPA-free, I'm safe right? Very sadly and frustratingly, no. Many companies have moved towards BPA-free, and they’ve been substituting other bisphenols, such as BPS. While that's a move in the right direction, these new chemicals were not initially tested for their impact. Sadly, scientific research has now shown that BPS may be just as harmful to your health as BPA 4.
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