When we hear that BPA “leaches” from plastic bottles into the contents of
the container, we are perhaps lulled into a false sense of security. Leaching suggests the chemical builds up slowly,
A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) shows just
the opposite. Researchers found
participants who drank for one week from polycarbonate bottles showed a 69%
increase of BPA in their urine.
The study was based on drinking cold liquids. “If you heat those bottles, as is the
case with baby bottles, we would expect the levels to be considerably
higher,” (Karin B Michels, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH
added), explaining that is worrying because “infants may be particularly
susceptible to BPA’s endocrine-disrupting potential”.
BPA is a synthetic estrogen that interferes with the body’s endocrine system
in a variety of ways. See a
synopsis of the potential health effects BPA on the body here.
For additional information on the dangers plastics pose to children and reproductive health, please follow this link.