BPA-How does it affect our health? Much has been said and written about BPA and its potential health hazards. I was not concerned about it until the arrival of my little munchkin a couple of months ago. Guess that’s what motherhood is all about. Ever since my daughter was born; I have become a careful observer and health conscious. The other day I was shopping at a departmental store when something caught my attention. All the plastic containers were labeled BPA-free. This piqued my interest and I found myself researching about the same on the internet.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is an industrial chemical that resembles synthetic estrogen and has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. It is found in poly-carbonate plastics and hence a part of our everyday diet since it is generally used to make food and beverage containers. BPA is also used in epoxy resins which are used to coat the inside of food cans, bottle caps and water supply lines. As such it is a part of our everyday diet- from bottles and cans BPA ends in our food and from food in our system. It is also used for the production of drink and soda containers, spoons & forks, toys, cds, etc. The leaching of BPA into our food is the greatest when the container is heated or damaged.
However, BPA has primarily been examined for its cancer-causing potential over the years and has been found to be non-carcinogenic in the small doses found in foods. Though nothing has been proved conclusively, yet it is preferable to eat more of fresh food, fruits and vegetables and reduce the consumption of canned foods and plastic bottles and containers.
With BPA becoming ubiquitous in the environment, it is our foremost duty, as parents, to limit or minimize our children’s exposure to BPA.
Happy Parenting with Budding Star