A few years ago, a lot of attention was focused on the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA), an organic synthetic compound found in plastic. Mothers with babies were especially cautioned to ensure that their baby bottles did not contain BPA. We all dutifully bought new BPA-free bottles, and many parents have since conscientiously ensured that their plastic containers and kids’ lunch boxes are BPA-free. Perhaps, like me, you have been under the impression that this would be enough to protect your kids.
Now, a study by researchers from the University of Exeter, published in the BMJ Open Journal, has found that in spite of these measures, close to 90 percent of all teenagers have traces of BPA in their bodies.
So, what’s the big deal about BPA, anyway? The biggest problem is that this chemical is pervasive in our society, being found in many of the plastics we use today, including water bottles, food packaging, the insides of food cans, and till receipts. Even dental fillings and sealants contain BPA! And the reason that’s a problem is because the BPA in these products leaches into food and liquids and ends up in the bodies of the humans who consume them.
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