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A Quick Guide to Reducing Your Exposure to Bisphenol A

bpa water bottle [1]Since the 1950’s, the use of Bisphenol A in plastics, resins, and food containers has steadily risen with little regard towards the possible consequences. As of now, over 4 million tons of BPA are produced every year, and we’re just beginning to understand the many ways this chemical can harm our bodies, and the environment.

The greatest concern lies in the chemical’s ability to mimic estrogen in the human body, causing harm to sexual organs and reproductive health. However, these hormones can effect every cell and tissue in your body, so there’s no telling how far reaching the damage may be. In various [2] animal studies [3] conducted over the years, it’s been shown to cause brain damage, premature pubescence, abnormal growth of sexual organs, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and miscarriages.

So if BPA can cause these terrible symptoms in animals, how worried should we be? Just how common is BPA in our environment, and is our regular exposure enough to damage our health?

While the scientific community has yet to come to a consensus on the effects of BPA in humans, there is no doubt that it has become incredibly pervasive in our environment. Between 90 and 95 percent of all Americans have tested positive for BPA, and it’s become almost impossible to avoid exposure in the United States. BPA is used in the production of many different kinds of plastic and epoxies, so trying to avoid BPA in the modern world is like trying to avoid water on a life raft.

Fortunately it is possible to significantly reduce your exposure. It’s simply a matter of knowing what products contain it, and cutting back on those products that you don’t really need. Take a look at this list of items that contain BPA. Brace yourself though, it’s a shockingly long list with a few items you may not have been aware of.

Like I said before, BPA is not easy to avoid. Much like lead in the early 20th century, BPA is a toxic substance that has found its way into our everyday lives. It’s going to take years of research and awareness before manufacturers are forced or convinced to remove this harmful substance from their products. And even then, you must be wary of supposed “BPA Free [4]” products that often contain similar chemicals. Until then, you can use this list to help reduce your exposure to this insidious and pervasive toxin.