I’ve struggled with the whole “BPA” mania. Like most of you out there, I want to do the very best for my children and I heed most every warning put out there. I know that some parents believe BPA to be fear mongering, however, I think the science, over the years, has certainly exposed BPA as a toxic troublemaker.
First, there is a study from 2012 by New York University scientists which heavily link BPA to childhood obesity. In this case, the study was performed on only white children (I’m not sure why, honestly).
Here is the link to the article in Scientific American…
The study by New York University scientists is the first to link the chemical to obesity in children. Previous research reported links in adults and animals.
“This is a great example of a health study that is consistent with studies in animals, and it also confirms what we’ve seen in adult populations,” said Frederick vom Saal, a University of Missouri-Columbia professor who studies bisphenol A (BPA) but was not part of the new study. “That gives the findings much greater weight and strengthens this link we keep seeing between BPA and obesity.”
Here’s another study that shows BPA exposure to unborn children causes asthma-like issues.
The FDA has, for years, denied any connection between BPA and side-effects in people.
FDA’s current perspective, based on its most recent safety assessment, is that BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods. Based on FDA’s ongoing safety review of scientific evidence, the available information continues to support the safety of BPA for the currently approved uses in food containers and packaging.Get your FREE Essential Oils Beneftis Ebook!
Then of course, there is the most confusing (albeit predictable) aspect of it all: BPA’s alternative may be bad for our health, also. Seriously! As a mom, this entire issue is soul-rattling and confusing. A research team used Zebrafish embryos to test…“Our research showed that low levels of BPS had a similar impact on the embryo as BPA,” Wayne told CNN. “In the presence of either BPA or BPS, embryonic development was accelerated. Additionally, BPA caused premature birth.”In addition to the effect on estrogen, the study also found both BPA and BPS affected the thyroid hormone system. “Because of thyroid hormone’s important influence on brain development during gestation,” said Wayne, “our work holds important implications for general embryonic and fetal development, including in humans.”For additional terror, they have a video of the Zebrafish embryo heartbeat.The thing is, I have kids, not Zebrafish! So what gives anymore?For me, I’ve learned to live with the idea that anything that strays from natural often has some sort of nefarious plan to take us all out. The less natural, the more risk. But on the same hand, you can’t constantly avoid plastics and BPA alternatives without driving yourself mad. Short of carving sippy cups out of oak trees, the exposure to the modern world is going to happen. I try to counter this by feeding my kids the healthiest possible diet and limiting modern obstacles as much as reasonably possible.I’d love to hear from more moms out there in the comments. How do you navigate the BPA issue? Maybe some open discussion can help us all as parents.
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