BPA, is a chemical commonly used to create polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. These clear white plastics are themselves used in food and drink packaging, as well as consumer products and medical devices, while resins are used to coat metal products like canned foods. When these products degrade or are otherwise damaged (from being repeatedly heated in a microwave, for example), they can leach out BPA, exposing us to it.
…BPA in particular has been implicated as a possible cause of genital deformities in men, early puberty in women, and developmental problems in the very young; it might also contribute to metabolic disorders like obesity as well as certain cancers.
…If that’s not bad enough, other studies have suggested that the effects of BPA could be inherited.
…“And yet the FDA doesn’t want to believe there’s a low-dose effect, even though there’s …evidence of that in their data.”
…And because BPA tends to linger in the environment, it might very well take decades before its impact disappeared completely.
The chemicals used to replace BPA in these plastics can still leak out and affect the sperm and eggs of both male and female mice, it found. And these same effects could be happening in people.
Here’s a thought… Packaging every single bit of fodd we eat in plastic is a bad idea.