Bisphenol A is controversial that used in the composition of certain plastics. European health authorities consider that there is no danger to health.
If you have a baby, you have certainly heard of bisphenol A. Last year, Canada banned its use in baby bottles and the United States are preparing to do the same . What raised concern among moms. Yet bisphenol A is not only found in items for children …
Where hides bisphenol A?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used in the composition of certain plastics including polycarbonate and epoxy resins.
Include bisphenol A as a protective lining in metal food cans in cans, but also in reusable water bottles, plastic containers for microwave and bottles. also used this substance for designing DVDs, computers, appliances, glasses, lenses, medical equipment, bumpers …
Bisphenol A: Are you exposed?
Exposure to BPA occurs mainly through food, because of the migration of BPA in food in particular under the effect of heat, but it also detects the in house dust.
Debate about health risks
On one hand, the French and European authorities estimate the doses are too small to be dangerous. “Scientific studies have shown that trace amounts of BPA that would fall into the human body would soon be” metabolized “into a kind of inactive sugar which is excreted from the body within 24 hours without adverse health effects,” says Plastic Europe, the European association of plastics manufacturers.
On the other, many scientists, fighting environmental NGOs and patient organizations are sounding the alarm and call for the precautionary principle. “BPA acts as an endocrine disruptor and is involved in such diverse disorders as reproductive problems, obesity, breast cancer and prostate cancer, diabetes, thyroid dysfunctions and attention problems in children . the exposure in infancy may increase susceptibility to cancers affecting the genetic programming of the development of individuals, “said the Health Environment Network.
Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Health, however, said late March that reliable studies have concluded the safety of baby bottles made with bisphenol A.
Some tips to avoid exposure to bisphenol A
Here are some tips if you want to reduce your exposure to this substance:
– Beware of plastics: recycling code symbolized by a triangle and a number, indicates the type of plastic used. Namely, the plastic may contain BPA are those identified by the recycling code 7 and, to a lesser extent, No. 3 and No. 6.
– With regard to food, prefer to store it in glass, ceramics or in containers made of stainless steel. Also do not heat food or liquids in plastic containers.
– Finally, for the choice of bottles, still prefer those made of glass or plastic labeled “BPA free.”