What Is BPA?
What is BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical, largely found in plastic and resin products used in a wide range of consumer goods. BPA is commonly found in food and drink containers such as canned goods, beverage cans, plastic Tupperware, singe use bottles, and reusable water bottles to name a few.
BPA leaches and seeps from consumer products into our foods and water, especially when heated. As a result, the chemical is ubiquitous and is found in almost everybody's body.
The widespread use of BPA and subsequent exposure to BPA is concerning as research shows that BPA can impact our health. There is emerging research that shows the following:
- BPA is an endocrine disruptor and a reproductive, developmental, and systemic toxicant. It mimics the body’s hormones and interacts with cell receptors to alter hormone production, secretion, transport, action, and function. It behaves most similarly to estrogen, a female sex hormone, and some data suggests that it may contribute to cancer development and progression.
- BPA poses an increased risk to infants and children. Scientists believe that BPA can affect the brain and the behavioral development of infants and children placing them at risk for developing neurodevelopmental disabilities such as ADHD. Young children are vulnerable because their bodies are still developing.
- BPA may lead to heart problems in adults. Studies have demonstrated that higher levels of BPA in the body are associated with a higher incidence of heart problems such as heart attack, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
How can we minimize risk?
The key to reducing your risk associated with BPA exposure is to utilize BPA-free alternatives whenever possible.
- Use BPA-free products. Muscle Pound products are always BPA-free with a label to inform consumers.
- Use BPA-free products for your kids. Children are vulnerable to the effects of BPA. Muscle Pound offers a BPA-free kids water bottle with many unique designs, making it one of the best among competitors in the market so far.
- Minimize canned goods. Try to reduce your consumption of canned foods whenever possible. Instead of opting for canned vegetables, try and choose frozen vegetables instead.
- Avoid heating plastics. Don’t place plastics in the dishwasher. Try to hand-wash whenever possible or choose glass Tupperware alternatives.
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