What is bisphenol (BPA) and why should we avoid it?
What problems does it create?
According to a series of studies, this substance causes damage to the liver, the thyroid gland and the reproductive system, while it is implicated in neurological diseases and the development of thyroid, prostate and testicular cancer. According to studies, bisphenol A has the ability to "migrate" from plastic containers, utensils, cutlery and bottle, where it is contained, into the food and ultimately to the human organism.
Where is this substance used?
Bisphenol (BPA) is widely used in the manufacture of plastics and resins - it is characteristic that more than 2,2 million tons of substance is produced per year. It is known to use BPA on polycarbonate plastics (a type of hard, transparent plastic with high strength) used in a variety of everyday objects: CDs, DVDs, computers, sports equipment, car equipment, plastic containers and plastic bottles of beverages, cups, glasses, plastic spoons and cans are just some of the objects that contain it. Many large companies use the substance in their products.
For years, scientists around the world have thought bisphenol A is not dangerous. However, in January of 2010, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized that there are serious risks and that the issue "needs further investigation".
The result was that it came out of the Executive Regulation, which by 1 May 2011 has prohibits its use BPA in the manufacture of plastic baby feeding bottles, while from 1 June 2011 the disposal and importation into the European Union of the corresponding products they contain has been completely eliminated BPA.
How do we recognize plastics with bisphenol A?
These plastics can be identified by the symbol PC. Plastics containing BPA exhibit excellent heat resistance are stiff, light and transparent. This substance is very important to avoid in baby bottles. Check that the bottle is writing BPA and or that the company does not use plastics with bisphenol A.
How do we avoid bisphenol A in our daily lives?
Avoid the use of BPA-coated cans. Also, carefully select the plastic utensils and thermos supplied and ensure that BPA has not been used in their manufacture. (look for markup BPA FREE)
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