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What BPA means to you and your health
Wendolyn Leal on 03/18/2016
What BPA Means to You and Your Health
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is one of the most common chemicals we are exposed to every day. This chemical is used in hard plastics and in the coating of bottled drinks and canned foods. The bad news is BPA breaks down easily causing the chemical to leach into foods and beverages.
How BPA Affects Your Health
BPA is considered a synthetic estrogen which means, once ingested, the chemical behaves like the estrogen hormone causing a disruption in the endocrine system. According to the Breast Cancer Fund, even the tiniest exposure increases the risk for breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty, metabolic disorders, and type-2 diabetes.
Ways to Prevent Exposure
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, here are some ways parents and caregivers can prevent exposure to BPA:
• Don’t microwave plastic containers.
• Reduce the use of canned goods.
• Use glass or stainless steel for storing food.
• Avoid canned food when you can.
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