Bisphenol A (BPA) is a component of common plastic items like baby bottles, eyeglasses and food containers. A new study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that adults with higher levels of BPA were more likely to report that they had diabetes or heart disease.
Althought the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains that BPA is safe, it has also acknowledged the study, saying that further studies may be necessary.
Typically, BPA is injested after it leaches into food and drink that has been packaged in plastics containing the chemical. Human exposure is widespread, but the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has released some tips on avoiding exposure to BPA:
1. Don't microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers, as they could break down over time from repeated use at high temperatures. Additionally, do not wash these types of containers in the dishwasher with harsh detergents.
2. Avoid plastic containers with the #7 on the bottom.
3. Opt for fresh or frozen foods rather than canned.
4. Opt for alternatives to plastic containers like glass or stainless steel, particularly for hot food or drink.
5. Use bottles and toys that are labeled BPA-free.
Published On: September 16, 2008