Are BPA containers safe?


New Research has uncovered that BPA free plastics may not be safe for you. BPA (Bisphenol A) and BPS has been used in plastics to strengthen plastic products. Both chemicals are widely used in containers, bottles, toys, water supply pipes and used to line canned foods. These chemicals have been linked to the rise in premature births, early puberty and the disruption of human chemicals in the body.

New research has found that BPS speeds up embryonic development and disrupts the reproductive system. Tests done on a zebra fish with BPA and BPS exposure equivalent of polluted river water, showed that after just 25 hours of exposure, the fish’s eggs were overstimulated causing faster growth as a result of these chemicals. The embryos genes that control reproduction was significantly affected. The eggs hatched significantly faster, causing premature birth. Researchers believe that the overstimulation of the neurons has an effect on premature puberty and disturbance in the reproductive system.

The increase in these chemicals has also been linked to disruptions in the thyroid hormone. Which influences brain development during gestation. Therefore this will affect the embryo’s development.

To reduce exposure, it is recommended to use glass containers and bottles whenever possible. If you are using plastic containers, avoid placing the food hot, since the hotter the food the more BPA will leach into its contents.

The researcher stated the following “Our findings are frightening and important. Consider it the aquatic version of the canary in the coal mine. Making plastic products with BPA alternatives does not necessarily leave them safer,”