The BPA Issue

BPA

What is it?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a man made compound used in polycarbonate (hard)plastics like water and baby bottles, household equipment, toys, and tin cans. And it’s also used to make ‘softer’ products like PVC. It’s been used for over 50 years in consumer products, and only recently have they started pulling this chemical out of certain items.

The Problem with it:
BPA has actually been suspected of being hazardous to humans since 1930! Recently though it has grabbed headlines when studies started coming out showing there may be a problem with it. See, BPA has been shown to be toxic even at low doses. And one of the main problem with it is that it’s an endocrine disruptor. Meaning that even at low doses it can interfere and mimic your bodies own hormones, causing adverse health effects. Not something you want going on while trying to conceive!

The saddest part is, it’s most damaging to developing babies! While their reproductive organs are being developed in utero, these hormone disruptors can wreck havoc and cause future problems for these poor little babes.

The Proof:
According to the Environmental Working Group website they quoted a recent study done by the CDC, and it showed that 95% of the people in a group of 400 were shown to carry this chemical. It actually showed up in their urine!

Japanese scientists have found that women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome actually had higher serum levels in their blood than women with normal ovary function. So, like the chicken and egg question – does BPA help cause PCOS symtoms, or do PCOSer’s just hold more toxins for some reason?

What you can do:

  • When possible avoid #7 and #3 plastics. These types of plastics seem to contain BPA more than the others and allow the chemical to leach into your food or beverage.
  • Avoid putting hot food or liquids into plastics. When heated, BPA can leach out 55 times faster than the normal rate.
  • Limit canned food consumption. You’re thinking “a can isn’t plastic!” Right? Well, to keep the chemicals of cheap cans from leaching into our foods, they line them with – you guessed it, a liner that includes BPA. So try to buy food in glass jars and not cans. (canned soups and pastas seemed to have the highest amount) Although the underside of those glass jars includes BPA as well.
  • While normal cold beverages may not cause plastic bottles to leach as much of the chemical, if you can – switch to a stainless steel or glass water bottle. And if it’s plastic, at least get one you know is BPA free. (be wary of aluminum bottles that are coated on the inside!)
  • Try not to use plastics in the kitchen, and at least not for warming up foods. And place hot foods on glass or ceramic dishes.
  • Avoid old and scratched plastic. If it looks worse for wear – toss it out!
  • If buying for baby – make sure you purchase BPA free bottles, sippy cups, and toys!
  • And if you do have #7 or #3 plastics and can’t afford to replace them quite yet, make sure you don’t wash them in the dishwasher! The heat and detergent can cause more leaching.

And while it’s an unrealistic thought that we can completely stay away from this chemical unless we nit pick everything we eat or drink out of, being aware of it can definitely decrease your consumption!

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Wow…thank you so much for this information! I found your blog during the Bloggy Giveaway and am sure I will learn a lot!

    ~Sarah