• The Risk on Bisphenol A

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    How often do you usually use plastic products? Often I say; they seem to be everywhere, and use in almost everything we see or associated with. From the bottled water you purchase on a daily basis to the numerous of accessories you carry with you; cellphones, pen, bag and a whole lot more.

    What is BPA?

    Bisphenol A or (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been widely used in many hard plastic bottles, utensils and metal-based food and beverage containers way back in 1960s.

    The Risk

    Exposure to BPA is a high risk because the health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children and apparently on men’s sperm count is very likely; research had been made that; men with high exposure of BPA will possibly have irregularities on their reproductivehormones in the body. Moreover, it appears that men with higher BPA concentrations in their urine also have lower sperm counts. Because of these concerns; about the safety of BPA, FDA initiated a further investigation to help determine whether or not BPA is safe as it is widely used for food packaging and containers. Some of these studies have already been concluded and there are still lots of studies that are ongoing.

    FDA’s take on this

    The FDA’s studies regarding the issue are being conducted in collaboration with the agency’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). The manner of how it is being administered is under strict guidelines and are structured to produce results that will increase our evaluation of BPA’s safety.

    In the meantime, suggestions on trying to avoid BPA as much as possible include avoiding canned foods (unless they say BPA-free on the labels) and to try and avoid using plastic containers especially for heating food, since high temperatures aid in leaching the chemical into whatever you’re eating.

    It’s quite a challenge for us now, how to get rid of these plastic made materials which have been part of our daily lives. A low exposure on BPA in our body may be tolerable –but think about how often we used it on a daily basis.

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