Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a hormone-like chemical that has been associated with endocrine dysfunction and certain cancers. Since it acts like a hormone, it can disrupt the normal hormonal cascade that happens through our everyday metabolic activities. Evidence from numerous studies show that BPA is either accumulated in our bodies or our bodies are constantly exposed to this chemical through our food supply. Many countries have already banned this compound, but the US is lagging behind.
So where can we find BPA? In plastic and the lining of cans containing food products. Look at the recycling identifier in plastic food containers and make sure you stay away from plastic identified by the numbers 3 and 7. Only two canned food companies have admitted that they do not use cans containing BPA (see web pages below to find out). Trader Joe’s lists the canned food articles in BPA-free cans, but not all their cans are free of this chemical. Many countries have banned the use of BPA altogether due to health concerns.
What are the consequences of consuming BPA? BPA has been linked in animal studies, human studies and medical literature reviews to the following conditions:
- Neurological Issues: dysfunction in memory, attention deficits, hyperactivity, and sensitivity to drug abuse.
- Disruption of thyroid hormone secretion
- Breast and prostate cancer and neuroblastoma
- Reproductive system conditions and sexual behavior dysfunction
It might prove someday soon that BPA in food containers is to our modern society what lead was to ceramic containers of early civilizations. If you are interested in finding out more about BPA and how to avoid it in your diet go to the following links: