Thursday, November 5, 2015

Is BPA Free Plastics Really Safer? Let's Take A Look...

You might have noticed pretty much anything plastic now a days has this nice little label ensuring consumers that the product in question is in fact BPA free, but is it really that much safer? When they remove one chemical component typically companies replace it with another component that isn't much safer.
 
What is BPA? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic website BPA is a bunch of letters that stand for Bisphenol A which is an industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960's in certain plastic and resin products. Typically BPA is found in plastics that contain food and beverages, it can also be found in Epoxy resins that are used to coat the inside of cans and other metal products like food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines which is where the problem lies. Again, according to the Mayo Clinic site the FDA has said that BPA is perfectly safe in very low levels, but then again wasn't it the FDA that said Fluoride, Mercury, Aluminum and prescription drugs are also safe in very low levels, and with more information it is now coming out those are very harmful things to ingest no matter how small the amount. So, should we really trust in what the FDA claims? That is a choice you must make for yourself.


But now you can find all kinds of BPA free products, mostly plastic for some reason cans are a little harder to locate with no BPA, but how much safer are the BPA free products? While BPA might not harm you directly I really liked this quote from Professor Frederick Vom Saal, "A poison kills you,"  "A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him." (A great article talking about Vom Saal)The sad truth of the matter.

Now instead of BPA you have things like phthalates which are still endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to issues like genital abnormalities, infertility (and you can't tell me this issue isn't on the rise in today's culture) and the sad thing about all this they are found in the things your precious little baby uses daily, bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, baby wash, shampoo, formula, pretty much everything but don't expect to see it in the list of ingredients.

But what can you do? Purchase stainless steel baby bottles or glass sippy cups, toss out those plastic tupperware containers and use glass? Well, sure you could in fact those items are shown to be more durable, safer, and easier to clean and keep germ free and your family will not be exposed to the BPA or other harmful chemicals in the plastics that make up popular products like those above. It's just sad when you are trying to provide a safe and healthy environment to raise your family you get bombarded by toxic chemicals and harmful ingredients around every turn.

Just one example of a glass baby bottle that can be purchased now a days
As a fellow parent who tries to be as natural as possible I urge you to read everything, every label, every ingredient...everything and understand what they are and what they mean. Yes, the transition might take some time and commitment but in the end when our children's' generation grows up and turns the tables on health compared to our generation it will all be worth it. Let's stop all the childhood disease and illness (as much as we can anyways) and help give our children a brighter future by being aware of what products we use and how they are made.

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