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5 Things You Should Know About BPA - Storage Smarts

5 Things You Should Know About BPA - Storage Smarts
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Studies from the last few years have reported that more than 90 percent of Americans have BPA in their systems. It's hard to avoid: We get most of it by eating food that has been in containers made with BPA. It's also apparently possible to pick up BPA through air, dust, and water.

Do not panic. Instead, take a minute to educate yourself about BPA, the dangers of it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

1. BPA is a chemical that was originally used to preserve food.

Short for bisphenol A, BPA is a chemical that's been used in our plasticslike food containers and water bottlesand to line our canned goods for the last 50 years or so. Originally, it was meant to keep food from spoiling and to harden plastics.

2. BPA is linked to some bad stuff.

The reason everyone has been paying attention to BPA during these last 10 years is because it's been found to produce small amounts of estrogen in the body, which has been proven to have an impact on our endocrine systems, potentially messing with our growth, metabolism, sleep, reproductionyou know, just a few important things. It's also been linked to infertility, cancers, and behavioral issues.

3. But more studies are needed.

In 2008, the FDA stated that the amounts of BPA ingested from food pose no health risks. Good news, right? Well, since then the FDA has reviewed studies and claimed that there is some concern about BPA's effect on the brain and reproductive system, but it has not changed its official regulatory standards on the chemical as the research continues.

4. Pregnant women & babies should avoid it.

5. Not all plastic has BPA.

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