What Is Bisphenol-A?

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The organic compound Bisphenol-A, garnered media attention in 2008 when new findings indicated that the compound could cause negative health effects, including chronic toxicity.

Definition of Bisphenol-A

Bisphenol-A is a chemical linked to adverse health effects in scientific studies. It’s often used in plastics, including baby bottles, sports equipment, food containers, children’s toys, and CDs and DVDs.

What Does Bisphenol-A Do to the Body?

It has been argued that Bisphenol-A damages neurological, reproductive, and immune systems in what is considered a relatively small amount. Low levels of BPA have been linked to the following health problems through repeated contact:

  • Early onset puberty
  • Cancer (prostate and breast cancer)
  • Serious health problems


Recent Appearances of Bisphenol-A in the News

  • In 2009, six producers of baby bottles (Gerber, Platex Products, Inc., Evenflo Co., Avent America, Inc., Dr. Brown, and Disney First Years) signed an agreement not to use Bisphenol-A. The companies were encouraged to sign the agreements by the attorney generals of several states.
  • Wal-Mart agreed not to sell any baby bottles containing Bisphenol-A.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has denied that BPA causes harm in small doses.


How Can I Protect My Family from Bisphenol-A?

Follow these simple steps to protect your family:

  • Use powdered infant formula. Ready-to-serve products have been shown to contain more BPA.
  • Use caution when serving canned foods to your family. Tomatoes are best purchased in glass jars.
  • Give your children fruits and vegetables as snacks, which won’t contain BPA. Frozen fruits and vegetables also have more vitamins and nutrients.

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