Back in early 2008, both my colleague Andrea Page, our FitMom and parenting expert, and myself, wrote on the issues surrounding Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPAs, sinisterly known as bad plastics. Andrea’s article focused on how BPAs might impact mothers in feeding and food prep of their young, and mine on the the hazards of all these plastic water bottles. Recently the FDA has concluded that BPA is now safe (even though they will continue to monitor the BPA situation), but the outside authorities once again found that the FDA should not be expressing that this is the case.
According to NPR, the study showing that the dangers of BPA is still high appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), citing that adults with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were more than twice as likely to report having diabetes or heart disease - compared with adults with the lowest levels of the chemical in their urine. However, the FDA defends that this new information does cite potential increase health risks, but that they are not conclusive. Uh, JAMA versus Feds - you decide. On top of this, the public interest group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, cite that the JAMA study is important and worth further examination by the FDA as this latest study point to potential human risk where previous studies on BPAs had been done on animals.
So while the FDA continues to “monitor” what JAMA has concluded, plus the findings of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirming that the chemical is of “some concern for effects on development of the prostate gland and brain and for behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children,” per NIH’s announcement, what the heck can we do? First and foremost take matters into our own hands when and where we can. According to PLENTY here are some BPA avoidance tips:
reduce consumption of canned foods, or buy your favorites in aseptic cartons, which are lined with polyethylene (PETE) and BPA-free;
avoid hard, clear plastic containers and use flexible, semi-opaque plastics which don’t have BPA;
choose unlined stainless steel water bottles;
choose tempered glass or BPA-free plastic baby bottles;
use non-leaching plastics with recycling codes #4 or #5, which includes most Tupperware, for storing food and drink and avoid heating or microwave foods in plastic.