What is BPA & Why Should I Avoid It?
BPA (bisphenol-A) is a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins like plastic bottles and liners of most food cans. Plastic lids on hot drinks can release BPA as heat and possible cold, too, increases the leaching of BPA. Receipts from cash registers, gas pumps, and ATMs are coated with BPA and it can be readily introduced into the bloodstream through the skin
Unlike BPA in plastic bottles and other products, BPA on thermal cash register paper isn’t chemically bound in any way. It’s a powdery film on the surface of receipts that easily transfer to skin and other things that it touches. Hand lotions, oils, and sanitizers can speed up the absorption process.
What can you do about receipts? The safest alternative is to request that they are sent you digitally.
Why should we avoid BPA?
For one, it’s known that BPA is an endocrine disrupter that acts like an estrogen in the body and may affect fertility and cause developmental defects. It may be a cause of cancer, diabetes, obesity infertility, brain, nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, and other health issues. It has also been known to trigger flare-ups of autoimmune and thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s.
Over the last few years, there is more and more awareness about BPA.
Hence, more and more American-made plastic water bottles are labeled BPA-free and many canned goods, often organic products, also tout their BPA-free qualities.
BPA can also be found in many everyday items including CDs, toys, plastic dinnerware, baby bottles, lids for food and drink bottles, beer kegs, water supply lines, dental sealants and composites, medical devices, PVC piping, and currencies around the world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports detectable levels of BPA in 93% of people tested. If you have a thyroid or neurological autoimmune issue, you especially need to take your daily BPA exposure seriously. But with all its potential problems, we all should be aware of BPA and try to eliminate it from our environment whenever possible.