If you haven't heard of bisphenol A (BPA) yet, it's time to wake up and throw out that polycarbonate plastic water bottle you bring back and forth to the gym.
BPA--a hormone disruptor--has been blamed for insulin resistance, birth defects, miscarriages, obesity and other health problems.
A new study out today reports that exposing polycarbonate plastic to boiling water will cause BPA to leach out 55 times faster than normal.
It just so happens that baby bottles are usually made of the same polycarbonate plastic, which parents are told to sterilize in boiling water before their first use. Additionally, studies have found that repeated scrubbing and washing can also cause the release of BPA from the plastic.
While the FDA and the plastic industry recognize BPA as safe, the majority of studies have linked it to reproductive and developmental problems.
Switching to glass or stainless steel bottles can minimize your exposure to BPA. They can be found at health food stores and Amazon.com.