BPA, or Bisphenol A, which is a very controversial chemical that is used to harden plastic and has been used in literally hundreds of consumer products for many years now, has been linked to many things that are definitely not comforting. Especially knowing we are all exposed to them in the most insidious ways in our daily lives.
Now, BPA’s seem to also be linked to a huge problem here in the US – diabetes. Apparently people with higher levels of BPA in their urine are also much more likely to have diabetes. Now mind you, almost all of us have BPA in our urine as well as a host of other chemicals like parabens and preservatives as well as other things that are found in food and the things we used on a daily basis, like body care products.
The frightening part of this is that we all have these in our urine, as well as in our blood stream. BPA’s have been linked to several types of cancer in animal studies, and they are thought to be powerful hormone (endocrine) disruptors as well.
BPA’s are commonly still used as lining in canned foods, plastic bottles – particularly hard plastics, they are found in toothpaste tubes and may pollute your toothpaste, and they are even used as a coating on receipts. So basically, even the things you think are harmless may be made with BPA’s in some way.
If you drink water from plastic – change immediately to either a stainless steel or a glass bottle. This is one of the best way you can avoid daily exposure. If you buy a lot of canned fruits of veggies, look for cans, most likely from natural or organic brands, that say they are BPA free.
For example, Muir Glen makes a BPA free can for their canned tomato products. They’re not even that much more expensive, and you get organic tomato products as well as BPA free cans. Tomatoes are particularly important to buy this way as the acidity of the tomatoes leeches the BPA’s out even more than other veggies or fruits.
You are essentially eating a lot of BPA’s otherwise! If you can remove a lot of the contact you have with this chemical, then you really have a leg up. No matter what you believe about BPA’s, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that they penetrate into our body easily.