Do you think you’re safe with BPA plastic? With so many hidden dangers like the deadly Heat Waves, are we missing yet another silent killer?
Before you panic, here are the facts.
What is BPA?
BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. In layman’s term, this is present in your water bottles, microwaveable food storage, beverage cans, and more. Basically, almost everything in your kitchen has BPA.
BPA seep with food and beverages. And when in the body, BPA is an endocrine disruptor. It mimics estrogen that later causes fertility problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and more.
Some studies that further suggest its threat include In Vivo Effects of Bisphenol A in Laboratory Rodent Studies and Effects of Low Doses of Bisphenol A on the Metabolome of Perinatally Exposed CD-1 Mice.
Moreover, babies are more at risk than adults. This warranted the pull out of almost all BPA baby products as of date.
Really scary isn’t it?
Should You Throw Away All Things BPA?
WAIT! Don’t go on a BPA-Free buying frenzy just yet! These studies are contested because most of the testing is done on mice with exposures on high dosages. This does not mimic how we use BPA products.
Also, assuming the effects are the same to humans, you must remember that BPA is poisonous when exposed to higher amounts.
The current standard of safety is 4 micrograms per kilo of bodyweight per day. These are 3 to 5 times higher than the normal exposure of a person.
For example, an 80-kilogram man is allowed 3.2 milligrams per day or roughly 80 canned goods consumed in a day. Can you consume 80 cans everyday?
But given the worst-case scenario that you have BPA in your body, our body has a really good system that flushes out BPA outside our body.
Therefore, BPA is generally safe for the average consumer.
Unless you are a factory worker directly handling high amounts of BPA, you are safe to use products with BPA in your daily life.
More than raving about the dangers of your food’s container, better watch instead of what is inside it. Ultimately, the food you eat has more impact on your health than the container.