Bisphenol A, or more commonly known as BPA, has been found to have extreme health consequences, and research has yet again caused loud alarms to ring which question the risks of the substance.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted by New York University researchers suggested that exposure to increased BPA levels is a considerable factor in the progression of obesity in children and adolescents.
Data which included measuring body mass and BPA levels concluded that American children with high exposure can have a 5 times greater chance of developing obesity, as compared to other children with lower levels of the chemical in their systems.
Although investigators distinguished that other factors may also exist as to why the chemical is stored internally, like routinely consuming canned foods, the findings still don’t sit well when handing out a beverage filled child’s cup, drinking a bottle of water or opening a can to make a meal. And that is just the beginning of the questions it raises on the home front, but it also promotes further inquiry into what the actual production of the chemical BPA entails, and how does it affect the global scheme of things?
Even though the argument exists that there could be other reasons for arriving at these particular conclusions, several other relevant studies have uncovered the same findings – that there seems to be a connection involving BPA contact resulting in harmful side effects. BPA studies have long been done with animals and people, and have been suspect at numerous health offenses.
As noted in USA Today, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that over 92% of Americans above the age of 6 have measureable amounts of BPA in their systems.
Further, research has shown that female in-utero exposure to raised BPA amounts contributed to noteworthy levels of hyperactivity, onset around the age of 3, as well as increased markers of anxiety and depression. Elevated BPA levels and greater fertility issues in men, adult diabetes and heart disease are also noted.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has prohibited the use of BPA in infant bottles as well as sippy cups, however the suspect still appears in a range of things from storage containers for food and beverages, to cans and printed receipts.
If possible harmful correlations are enough to make you side with team caution, then opt for items that are clearly labeled BPA-free to reduce exposure. It is interesting to acknowledge scientific results which enable consumers to make a decisive choice.
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