What are the chemicals that leach from plastics? How harmful are they to our health?



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    Bisphenol A is the most common harmful chemical compound found in plastics, and is known from urine tests to leach into humans who come into contact with plastics containing it (e.g. water bottles). BPA mimics estrogens, binding to the same receptors throughout the human body as natural female hormones. Tests have shown that the chemical can promote human breast cancer cell growth as well as decrease sperm count in rats, among other effects.

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