Obesity and hormone-disrupting plastics (BPA)
There are links between BPA and serious health problems, from heart disease, diabetes, and liver abnormalities in adults to developmental problems in the brains and hormonal systems of children. BPA can also disrupt your endocrine system.
BPA can accelerate the production of new fat cells. Most people have between 1 and 20 nanomoles of BPA in their blood. The concern is that 1 nanomole may significantly boost human fat cell production.
BPA is everywhere and the amount of BPA flowing through the bodies of children and adolescents “was significantly associated with obesity.”
Higher levels of BPA and some other plastics chemicals were significantly associated with faster weight gain over the subsequent decade.
We also inhale some BPA`s from dust and get some through our skin by touching BPA products Around 90% of exposure comes from our diet.
When you do a three-day fresh foods intervention and switch away from canned and packaged foods for a few days you get a significant drop in BPA exposure
How can we reduce exposure to BPA`s
- Buy and eat fewer canned foods
Always try to eat fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, which usually have more nutrients and fewer preservatives than canned foods.
- Buy and use products in cardboard and glass containers
Highly acidic foods as tomato sauce and canned pasta will leach more BPA from the lining of cans – choose brands that come in glass containers.
- Do Not Microwave Polycarbonate Plastic Food Containers
Polycarbonate plastic is used in packaging for many microwaveable foods, may break down at high temperatures and release BPA. The problem is that manufacturers are not required to say whether a product contains BPA or not.
- Choose BPA free plastic bottles, stainless steel or glass bottles for beverages and food
Canned fruit juice and fizzy drinks often contain some BPA, especially if they come in cans lined with BPA-laden plastic. Glass or plastic bottles are always a safer choice
- Use BPA-free Baby Bottles
Clear plastic contains BPA while soft or cloudy plastic does not.
- Always use powdered infant formula instead of pre-mixed liquid
Liquid formulas contain more BPA than powdered versions. Remember breast feeding ids still the number one choice.