It’s the chemical that makes plastics stronger and more flexible. It was discovered in higher amounts in teenagers than in the general public. One has to ask ‘Why”, especially considering the hormone-disruptingxicant can affect the reproductive system.
“Researchers studied 94 teenagers and found it was almost impossible for them to avoid BPA products,” says Sky News. Eighty-six percent of them had BPA in their digestive tracts, but can only guess why teenagers have more than adults.
Unhappy Factoid: If you eat canned soup today, then you likely have 300% more BPA in your urine than normal.
It’s termed an ‘obesogenic’ chemical and it has already been shown as a carcinogen, plus affecting reproductive disorders, impaired brain function, hypertension, metabolic disorders, obesity, ADHD and more. It is found heavily in canned goods, many baby bottles, bottled water, receipts and even canned dog food.
Professor Lorna Harries, who led the study, is calling for clearer labelling on packaging so people can make informed choices when doing their food shopping.
“Teenagers are one of the groups of people in our population that have the highest levels of BPA in their urine when you measure it,” she said.
“Although we’re not quite sure why that is, one theory is because teenagers eat more junk food than the rest of the population and junk food is a particularly rich source of BPA.”
Freya Hester, 17, who took part in the study, said: “I am really passionate about plastic pollution so knowing BPA is in here, we are polluting our bodies as well as the environment, which is really shocking to me.”Another study participant, Amalia Gimbuta, said, “If you’re in a rush and you’re shopping you don’t have time to peel off the packaging to try and work out if it has BPA or not. So finding packaging that you know for certain doesn’t have it in is really difficult.”
Contrast this attitude to that of Chief Executive of Breast Cancer UK Lynn Ladbrook .
BPA is listed as a substance of very high concern for good reason – it is both a reproductive toxicant and has endocrine disrupting properties.
Breast Cancer UK has long called for BPA to be prohibited from use in food, drinks and till receipts and until it is, it is likely to continue to show up in humans.
And well, well! The British Plastics Federation has called the news ‘misleading’.
Sadly, when companies claim that their products do not contain BPA, they often do anyway. Furthermore, other plastics such as BPS are no better. What can you do? In the case of our own UltraStream, we asked for all plastics used in the UltraStream to have EPA safety certification.