BPA- Is it bad?

What is BPA?

BPA is a common chemical, also known as 4,4’-dihydroxy-2,2-diphenylpropane. It is commonly used in the manufacture of of resins and plastcis in combination with other chemicals.

The inclusion of BPA in the manufacture of polcarbonates means it can be assciated with products such as some beverage bottles, bottles for babies and small children, tableware (plates and mugs) and storage containers.

BPA can migrate into food in small quantites and as it has been used for many years it is not uncommon to find small residues in urine samples of most adults.

So what is the issue?

While there is no clear cut science that points to a danger some scientists point out that BPA could affect hormone levels or be involved with breast cancer, heart disease and genital birth defects.

The challenge is while animal testing suggest the above it is diffiulct to test in humans as there is a problem finding individuals who have not been exposed to BPA.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16393666

Many would prefer to reduce their exposure to this chemical.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-bpa

 

https://www.nhs.uk/news/pregnancy-and-child/questions-raised-over-bpa-plastic/