Bisphenol A (BPA) and Baby BottlesBy Susan Keeler
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a suspected endocrine disruptor which has properties similar to estrogen and is found in many different types of common containers including:
There is a divide between the plastics industry which says BPA is safe and critics who say that it is a health risk. Critics claim that BPA can increase your risk of certain cancers, cause fertility problems and contribute to behavioral problems in children. The majority of government funded studies found some of the following side effects from BPA:
It has been proven that BPA does “leach” from bottles and cans into food and liquids. The plastics industry does not deny that BPA does leach which results in it being ingested, but they claim that these levels are well within guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are seven different labels for plastics:
As a general rule of thumb, you should use bottles and containers that are labeled 1, 2, 4 or 5. Avoid using bottles and containers labeled 3, 6 or 7.
The good news is that there are alternative bottles that you can use which are made of glass, polyethylene or polypropylene. Look for “milky colored” plastic bottles as these do not contain polycarbonates. If you do need to use polycarbonate bottles:
As mentioned above, there is a lot of controversy and conflicting reports regarding BPA. This will probably continue to be a hot topic for some time to come and it is clear that more research is needed.About the Author:
Susan Keeler is a proud mother and the founder of the Baby Review Center.
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