What is BPA?
Bisphenol A is an organic compound and is used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins; it has been in commercial use since 1957.
Why is BPA bad for you?
BPA is water soluable, meaning it can leech into liquids
BPA hardens clear polycarbonate plastics and it is used to make all sorts of consumer goods such as dental sealants, baby bottles, water bottles, playground sports equipment, or DVDs. For industrial purposes BPA is used in the lining of water pipes and stainless steel containers, to name a handful. Epoxy resins containing BPA are used as coatings on the inside of many food and beverage cans. BPA is also used in thermal paper commonly used for sales receipts, antibacterial products, vinyl, and fragrances.
Other BPA related health concerns
Bisphenol A is suspect of being linked to several human epidemics such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancers, prostate cancers, prostate enlargement, early onset of puberty in women, lower sperm counts in men, trans-generational effects on social behavior + neural expression, anxiety, and obesity. Endocrine disruptors found in BPA may disturb the way hormones work by either mimmicking estrogen, androgen or thyroid hormones, or by stimulating or blocking hormone production when absorbed into the body.
BPA is everywhere
Since it is impossible to avoid BPA completely, it is exceedingly important to be mindful of ways to avoid contact. Our lives are drenched in plastic; many of our modern conveniences have (and continue to be) surprisingly enveloped in BPA —even the stuff you’d least expect.
That “BPA-Free” water bottle you own likely has BPA in its lid. The water filter you use may hold its activated charcoal within plastic which contains BPA. Your toothbrush? Yup.
For modern consumers, BPA is completely unavoidable, and finding a safe alternative can be extremely tricky because it’s often not on the label. Your federal government will tell you BPA contact with food is safe, so be sure to Google this topic on your own; Please don’t merely take our word for it. Own it, and spread the word.