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BPA: More Unanswered Questions?


*Safe* water bottles?

*Safe* water bottles? (Photo credit: SWoo)

A lot of questions have been raised in the last few years about bis-phenol-A or BPA, an estrogen-mimicking chemical in the linings of cans and plastic bottles.  No one really knows for sure how it affects our health.  However, this latest headline, “High BPA Levels Seen in People with Narrowed Arteries” further promotes the controversy.

Researchers divided individuals into three groups based on the narrowing of  their arteries:  those with severe coronary artery disease (385 patients), those with moderate disease (86 patients), and those with no signs of coronary artery disease (120 patients).   Then they measured BPA levels in their urine.  Those participants with severe artery disease had significantly higher levels of BPA.

This finding is only an association, not a cause-effect relationship.  For a reasonable assessment and limitations of this study  CLICK HERE

However headlines like this  makes one a  little more nervous about the high levels in urine found in many studies in people who consume large amounts of canned soups and other canned foods.  About 90 percent of Americans have traces of BPA in their urine.   Canned food manufacturers have used the chemicals since the 1950s.

In 2008, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys “R” Us said they began phasing out bottles, sippy cups and other children’s items containing BPA. By the end of 2009, the six leading makers of baby bottles in the U.S. went BPA-free. In February, 2012 Campbell’s Soup said it would begin removing BPA from its most popular soups, though it did not set a time frame.

The Food and Drug Administration this summer finally announced  that baby bottles and children’s drinking cups could no longer contain BPA,   This is probably prudent since children are always at a higher risk in these situations. What to do?  Simply try to eat fresh foods as much as possible until this controversy is sorted out.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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