There are so many toxins out there to avoid. Some are for real dangerous, others are minimally so, the once in a blue moon minuscule amount you ingest it, you’re probably fine. It’s always about moderation but with some of these things, it’s hard to control your exposure.
Like to BPAs.
BPA is short for Bisphenol A and 93% of us have them in our blood stream. It is found in many plastics, the lining of cans as well as thermal papers like receipts. It then leaches into our foods and water and then our bodies. BPA mimics estrogen and disrupts your endocrine system. Your endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood among others.
“Newsweek spoke with about 20 scientists, leaders in the field of BPA research, and the majority say it is likely (though not certain) that the chemical plays a role in a litany of health concerns: obesity, diabetes, problems with fertility and reproductive organs, susceptibility to various cancers and cognitive/behavioral deficits like ADHD.
“There’s too much data consistent across studies…time and time again…to ignore it and suggest BPA has no effect on humans,” says Gail Prins, a physiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago.” source
Not to go all Food Babe on you guys, but there are few things I think you should be avoiding. BPA is one of them. Here is how to avoid them. This is the first of a series I’m doing on select toxins and products. There will not be 100. By the end, I hope you can share what you’ve learned with others.
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Additional sources for this video can be found here:
Baby Bottles & BPA
BPA and Pregnancy
Miscarriage Risk and BPA
I am so guilty of microwaving plastic! 🙁 Thank you for the reminder on just how important this chemical is to keep OUT of our bodies!
I like the idea of these videos. Keep it up.
Great post. Do you know if it’s just as bad to microwave BPA-free plastic containers?
I do not know off hand but some studies have suggested that other plastics aren’t that much better. I would just use glass.
Ugh, I used to microwave plastic ALL the time because I couldn’t microwave my food in anything else! 🙁 I have been trying to do so with porcelain and glass bowls or other microwave-safe plates and tupperware!