What BPAs Are

Plastic Bottle PackagingConsumers have a cause for concern when it comes to BPAs. These three letters stand for bisphenol A, which is an industrial chemical added to products and containers, especially plastics. BPA makes plastic strong and resilient. However, many are realizing that what makes good bottles is not necessarily good for your health.

With this in mind, more and more plastic bottle packaging suppliers are discontinuing the use of BPA, as well as BPS and BPF, which often are used in its place. There are those who argue that BPA is safe, while others point to its link with a variety of health conditions and diseases.

BPA itself is not added to food. However, tiny amounts of this chemical get into the food you eat when this BPA makes up part of the packaging. Studies show that people who eat lots of packaged and canned foods show traces of this substance in their bodies.

When consumed, BPA acts as if were the hormone estrogen, interfering with normal hormone levels. This chemical has been linked with diabetes; liver, thyroid, immune system, and brain function; and even premature delivery.

Because of the concerns, many are avoiding products that come in packaging made with this chemical, choosing BPA-free plastic, glass, or stainless steel, instead. Another precaution is to avoid putting plastics in the dishwasher or microwave. This causes the plastic to break down and allow more BPA into food.