Bisphenol A is a compound often used in the production of semi-soft plastics and, commonly referred to as BPA plastic, it has been a hot topic of conversation recently. Media messages are often confusing and created in a manner that encourage people to actually stay tuned or pick up the newspaper in order to find out if their family is at risk of getting whatever new ailment is being discussed. The use of plastics has been under the spotlight recently because of possible health and environmental detriments. News media and product manufactures have been exposing the dangers that result when a person ingests chemicals that may leech out of plastic containing substances. They comment on the environmental cost of producing these products and provide green alternatives. As a result, many items are now available that do not contain these “dangerous” plastic compounds and are either re-usable or made from more earth friendly products. Due to the prominence of the topic, let’s discuss what is known about these substances to try to discern if your water bottle could be lethal.
Shining Light On A Semi-Clear BPA Plastic Topic
Scientists have not been able to provide conclusive evidence, but many have raised concerns that the plastic’s chemicals can cause toxicity in the cells and in the nervous system of humans. Some research has shown that the chemicals mimic or mask the affect of the body’s owns hormones and therefore wreak havoc in the body. They have also been linked to increased cancer risk, to negatively affect the heart, and to interfere with normal physical and mental development on infants. To date, the majority of research has been done on animals and a few have looked at risks when directly exposed to humans. International government agencies have not come to a consensus about the health consequences of products products containing BPA plastics. As a result, many nations have public statements claiming that Bisphenol is safe and poses no threat while other nations are eliminating or limiting the products that contain this substance. A lot of manufacturers are eliminating the use of the chemical from their products. Products used by babies and infants are always a concern, so the trend has been to eliminate any potential danger from these products by not including the plastic in them.
Does the chemical from these plastics leech out? Does it get absorbed by humans? Does it cause damage if it is absorbed? Evidence states that the chemical does leech out, and a lot of evidence states that it does get absorbed by the body. The damage portion is still up for debate but the scales seem to be leaning towards avoiding the product. If exposure is a concern, one can find alternative products to the plastics, and one can take steps to prevent coming in contact with them. Plastic with either identification code 7 or 3 may contain the chemical. Plastics labeled as either BPA free or with codes 2,4,5,6 do not contain it. Other suggestions have been to not microwave foods in plastic and to avoid cleaning plastics using the dishwasher or harsh chemicals.