Bisphenol-A, commonly abbreviated BPA, has been in the news again recently, and, again, not for good reasons. A new study out of the University of Exeter has linked high levels of BPA in adults with an increased risk of heart disease. The Food and Drug Administration has asked for additional studies on the chemical and has begun to find ways to reduce the chemical in the food supply.
BPA is found in many household items, like plastic containers (with a seven in the recycling symbol), baby bottles, and food cans. The chemical can mimic estrogen, causing reproductive mutations in the womb, and the FDA’s concerns cite possible brain, behavior, and prostate problems in fetuses, infants, and young children. BPA may be just one of many endocrine disruptors that accumulate in the environment and have been linked to intersex fish in several U.S. rivers.
To cut down on your exposure, don’t microwave plastic containers with a 7, and avoid food cans lined with BPA plastics.
To learn more about BPA, check out the following links from National Geographic:
- Green Guide Blog: FDA Criticizes Its Own Bisphenol-A Findings
- National Geographic News: BPA Linked to Heart Disease, Study Confirms, Plastic Breaks Down in Ocean, After All–And Fast
- The Green Guide: The Bisphenol-A Debate, Plastic Container Buying Guide, Baby Bottle Buying Guide
More about BPA can also be found at the FDA Web site