Demystifying BPA: Plastic’s Hidden Danger

Bisphenol A (often referred to as BPA) is a carcinogen found in plastics.  We all may ignore the warnings such as “do not microwave” or “not meant for hot contents” from time to time, but we shouldn’t.  It is worth following these instructions, regardless of the temptation to do otherwise, because of the dangerous chemical BPA.

What is BPA?

BPA has been a hot-button health term for years now, but what makes it so bad? This chemical is “a weak synthetic estrogen”[1].  By imitating estrogen, a hormone, it may promote the growth of certain types of cancer. Additionally, there are claims of BPA interfering with fetal brain development such as “hyperactivity, anxiety and depression”[1]. The health community has been especially concerned due to the expanse of contamination.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 2517 samples and found BPA in 93% of participants in 2004[2].

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Methods of Contamination

BPA can be found in the environment, but mostly we contact it through daily household items[2]. It is present in dental sealants and store receipts; both items are designed to be handled and used by people[1]. Additionally, CDs and canned foods[2].  However, until manufacturers cease using BPA to make these items the best thing you can do is avoid touching them excessively.

The main source of BPA is through hard plastics like polycarbonate bottles[2]. Specifically when plastics are heated or scratched, the dangerous carcinogenic chemicals seep into the bottle’s contents[1].  Our society values heat in many different foods. Certain beverages are not considered delicious when lukewarm.  You can’t expect to enjoy that pasta if the cheese isn’t melted. And who wants cold fudge on their ice-cream? Given these standards, to protect yourself, you must choose the correct containers to hold the hot water for treats such as your favorite afternoon tea.

Types of Plastic

BPA Free Water BottlesAt some point, each of us has probably looked at the number on a plastic bottle and scratched your head.  Although they may seem ambiguous, these numbers can indicate the potential danger held by the piece of plastic in your hand.  Breastcancer.org[1] explains the detailed nuances of each type of plastic on their website and I encourage you to explore.  Here is an overview:

Recyclable plastics which are acceptable to use with food

No. 1, 2, 4, and 5. However do not use no. 1 plastics more than once.

Includes: Clear plastic soda bottles, milk jugs, grocery bags, ketchup bottles, or yogurt cups.

Recyclable plastics which should not have contact with food

No. 3, 6, and 7.

Includes: Plastic wrap, cooking oil bottles, Styrofoam, or BPA-containing products.

Choose the Alternative

BPA Free Ceramic tea thermosIn every facet of our lives, we must make conscientious choices to promote our health.  Going to the gym may take time from your favorite TV show and shopping organic may dent your bank account, but it is well worth the investment.  Your overall confidence and wellness will improve with each self-care choice you make.  So next time you reach for a Styrofoam cup to enjoy your morning tea in, rethink and grab a beautiful thermos instead. Physique Tea’s Beautiful Color Changing Ceramic Thermos is a blissful choice for you and your loved ones.

Your health is important. Have a beauTEAful day.

Love,

Asti

 

 

[1]  “Exposure to Chemicals in Plastic”.  BreastCancer.org, http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/plastic. Accessed June 9, 2017.

[2]  “Bisphenol A (BPA)”. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, http://onepatient.org/health-psychology-the-perfect-storm.html. Accessed June 9, 2017.

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