BPA Health Risks

BPA Health Risks in Children

Some interesting information for pregnant women to consider; USA Today reports on a new study about bisphenol A (BPA), a compound in many food containers that some believe can have a negative impact on the health of children who consume food or drink from these containers. This new study by the National Workgroup for Safe Markets, a coalition of 19 environmental groups, suggests that 92 percent of food from metal cans has BPA health risks and that pregnant women should limit their intake of canned food and drink.

The article goes on to report that “The chemical is used in countless products, from plastic bottles and paper receipts to the linings of metal cans. The National Toxicology Program has said it has ‘some concern’ that BPA alters development of the brain, behavior and the prostate gland in children, before and after birth.”

BPA Health Risks

The article cites the example that “one can of Del Monte French Style Green Beans had 36 micrograms of BPA per serving, while another can of the same product had 138 micrograms per serving — a level that has been linked to changes in prostate cells and increased aggression in animals.”

“The report calls on Congress to ban BPA in food and drink containers, noting that companies such as Eden Foods already sell vegetables in BPA-free cans; Muir Glenn also plans to begin packaging tomatoes in BPA-free cans this year. Canada and Denmark restrict the use of BPA in certain children’s products, as do five U.S. states, three counties in New York and the city of Chicago, the report says.”

Be more aware of the containers that your food comes in due to these BPA health risks. For more info on BPA health risks check the sources listed below.

Sources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa
  2. http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm064437.htm
  3. http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/