Here’s some more disturbing info about Bisphenol A. A study of pregnant women in Ohio found that 90% (or more!) of pregnant women had high levels of Bisphenol A in their bloodstream. This, after the story saying pregnant mice exposed to BPA passed genetic changes onto their offspring. Yikes.
Bisphenol A is a synthetic estrogen that’s used in a huge variety of the products we come into contact with. The Ohio study traced BPA exposure to three main sources:
1. cigarette smoke
2. store receipts
3. canned foods.
Highest levels were found in women who had regular exposure to at least one of these three sources. Cigarette smoke is obviously doing nobody any good healthwise, pregnant or not. But who knew being a store cashier was such a risky job in pregnancy?
Read on for 5 simple ways you can cut down on your pregnancy BPA exposure from now on.
1. Think before you take a receipt. Do you really need it? If you’re using a credit card, the answer is often no.
2. Keep any receipts you do get in a separate wallet or pouch; don’t let them float around in your purse spreading the BPA love around, and definitely don’t hold them in your hand.
3. Wash your hands after you touch receipts, and maybe after any cashier transaction, especially before eating.
4. Avoid canned foods unless you know the brand doesn’t use BPA in its can liners. Here’s a list of canned foods that are BPA free.
5. Avoid cigarette smoke, not just smoking. Secondhand smoke is a strong source of BPA. If you’re around someone who smokes, give them this new informatino. Maybe it’ll be the push they need to quit!
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