Why You Need to Avoid Plastics with BPASeptember 3, 2014
In recent years, you’ve probably heard about a chemical substance called BPA (bisphenol A) and how it’s found in many of the bottled soda and water brands you drink. This chemical used in the production of hard plastics has some troubling side effects on your health, and could be doing more damage than you realize.
As a bottled water manufacturer, we at Azure Water think it’s important to keep readers informed of the current issues in our industry. All of our bottles are not only environmentally friendly, but BPA-free, which is incredibly important for your health.
Rather than just tell you BPA is bad, we’ll give you the facts so you can decide for yourself.
What Exactly is BPA?
BPA is the abbreviation for bisphenol A, and it has been used for more than 40 years in everything from bottled water to dental sealants. BPA is an endocrine disrupter, which means it interferes with proper hormone function and can actually imitate hormones in a way that is dangerous to the body. Babies are especially sensitive to this chemical.
What Are The Health Effects of BPA?
Unfortunately, the negative health effects of BPA are rather extensive. Bisphenol A can cause a dramatic increase in estrogen levels for both men and women, which can cause breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, as well as a decreased sperm count. High levels of BPA’s have also been connected with heart problems, brain and behavior issues, problems with hormone levels and more.
Can You Avoid Bisphenol A?
In a 2009 study by the CDC, they found that over 90 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine samples. Fortunately, you can cut back on your BPA intake with some very simple steps. Avoid canned goods and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Check all of your plastics to make sure they aren’t adding BPA, like our environmentally friendly BPA-free bottles. You should also avoid heating any plastics containing BPA as it can allow the BPA to leach into the food or beverage within the plastic.
Is Any Amount of BPA Bad for You?
While it’s always a good idea to avoid BPA whenever you can, that doesn’t mean you need to go and throw away all cans and plastics in your home. The real issues caused by BPA show up after prolonged exposure, or steady use of products containing the chemical. If you’re only using canned goods or plastics on occasion, the small amounts of BPA in your system won’t likely cause any side effects.
Looking for BPA-free food and drinks? Azure Water can provide you with safe drinking water free of harmful chemicals. Give us a call, reach out to us on social or through our contact page with any questions you have about our products. We think you’ll love our custom label bottles with our water, your logo.