Recently published research has shown something interesting and of concern about some of our everyday packaging.
There is a link between unborn babies or those being breastfed, and BPA affecting their health in later life. Bisphenol A (BPA), is a chemical used to make certain plastics, such as water bottles, bottle tops and also used to line the inside of food cans. It has been found that BPA can seep into food and drink from the plastic or cans where it is used and, even at low doses, affect babies developing immune systems and increase the risk of food intolerance in later life. It has been found in breast milk. The FDA no longer authorise the use of BPA in baby bottles and infant formula packaging.
Some research has shown that exposure to BPA, even at amounts significantly lower than the current human safety limit set by the FDA, can have possible health effects on brain, behaviour and prostate glands of foetuses, infants and children.
Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, the world’s most cited Biology journal, says “We may look back one day and see BPA exposure as one of the more important public health problems of our time.”
The recommendations are:
▪ Look for products labeled as BPA-free.
▪ Reduce your use of canned foods.