BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical that has been used since the 1960's. It can be found in products such as:
- water bottles
- baby bottles and cups
- plastic toys
- coating in metal cans such as food cans
- baby formula cans
- bottle tops
- water supply lines
- dental sealants
- paper products such as cash register receipts
- paper money
Studies show that this chemical has been linked to changes in the body such as:
- predisposition to heart and kidney disease
- endocrine disruption
- higher risk of cancer
- cardiovascular disese
- reproductive dysfunction
- neurological, brain and behavioral problems
- overweight issues
Children and babies are particularly sensitive to BPA. So, how can you cut exposure to this chemical that has even been found in dust particles in the home?
- If you feed your baby formula, opt for powder instead of caned formula because BPA that coats the cans leeches into the formula.
- Throw away any plastic food containers that have the number 7 on the bottom.
- Wash your hands after touching cash register receipts.
- Buy items packaged in glass or BPA-free plastic.
Parents Magizine, March 2013 issue