The Globe and Mail reports that nearly all Canadians tested positive for BPA in their urine. The average load was 1 part per billion. Sounds like almost nothing, right? Wrong. BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical, and that 1 part per billion is almost a thousand times more than the natural level of estrogen in our bodies.
Teenagers carry the highest load of the stuff, nearly 30 per cent more than other age groups.
With girls reaching puberty earlier, it’s really past time our governments stepped in and did something to remove this toxin from our homes.
Food is seen as the primary source of BPA. The chemical is found in hard plastics, and was used to make everything from baby bottles to toys to accessories. Two years ago, research on the health impacts caused enough of a stir that it’s been removed from most baby bottles and water bottles.
But it’s still ubiquitous in canned food. Nearly every tin of beans, baby formula, canned soup or anything else you buy has BPA in it’s liner. The chemical leaches into the food while its being stored, and then into your body.
Any polycarbonate plastic – that’s the ones with the number 7 recycling code – contains BPA. If you care about keeping it out of your body, you’ll need to steer clear of those plastics as well as canned foods. Water bottles and plastic silverware are typical sources. So are baby bottles or sippy cups if they’re more than a few years old.
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