Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical that is stirring up a lot of controversial discussions regarding its effects. This chemical is commonly used to make many hard plastic toys, bottles, and food containers. BPA affects the endocrine system, which regulates the hormones in our body. This could have adverse effects on our brain, behavior, and creates mild concern for young girl going through puberty and older women with menopause. It’s hard to say how concerned we should be because it depends on your exposure range, as well as research hasn’t been conducted long enough to see realy long term damage. Limiting your exposure to BPA would do no harm and is a necessary precaution for young children.
Yes and no. BPA is the chemical found in polycarbonate plastics (in addition to other things) that caused such a stir and caused everyone to run out and buy metal Siggs. However, BPA is one of those things that they discovered affected mice in animal testing, which is always a cause for concern in humans. It affects hormone levels by increasing estrogen levels that have been proven to negatively affect pregnant women and infants. It mostly messes with hormone levels, which can cause all sorts of problems. However, it all depends on the amount of exposure, so in most cases it does not need to be a huge cause for concern, though it is good to be aware.
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