Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What is BPA? How does it affect your health?




BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is a chemical substance that is used to make polycarbonate plastic that is hard and durable.

Polycarbonate plastic is durable and has high heat resistance, therefore making this kind of plastic ideal for the manufacture of many products such as water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, sealants, dental and medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs, CDs, household electronic and sports equipment.


Effects of BPA on the Human Body


BPA interferes and disrupts the proper production, function, and elimination of the natural hormones in the body.

BPA can act like the hormones in our body with dangerous effects on our health and well-being.

Babies, young children, and pregnant woman are found to be especially susceptible to BPA.


Sources of BPA


The main source of BPA is the plastic that leaches from the lining of containers that are made from polycarbonate plastic when they are cleaned with strong detergents, high-temperature liquids or with cleaning liquids that have high acid content.


How to avoid exposure to BPA?

  • Do not microwave foods in plastic containers.
  • Do not wash plastic containers in the dishwasher.
  • Avoid cleaning plastics with harsh detergents.
  • Do not eat from canned foods and drink from cans unless the label mentions BPA free.

BPA stands for Bisphenol A used in the manufacture of hard plastics and can adversely affect our health and well-being. 
BPA also adversely affects animals and plants on Earth.

References
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221205.php

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