You may not have heard of it, but if you have plastics in your home, you have probably been exposed to lots of it. It’s Bisphenol A, a chemical present in most plastic baby bottles, reusable drink containers, microwavable food containers, some plastic eating utensils and many children’s toys.
Why should be concerned? Because even tiny amounts of this chemical have been found to be harmful. After the alarm was raised about BPA in babies’ bottles, many mothers have wisely switched to glass or BPA-free bottles.
Now, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has linked BPA to diabetes and heart disease in adults. The researchers from the University of Exeter found that those with the highest levels of BPA in their systems were twice as likely to have diabetes and/or heart disease as those with the lowest BPA levels. Higher levels were also linked to liver damage.
Yet another reason to reduce your dependence on plastics. Many of them release toxic chemicals into our food and water, and these toxins can and do lead to all kinds of illness. Yet it’s surprisingly easy to wean off plastics.
You can find what kind of plastic an item is made of printed on the bottom of the item. To learn which plastics to avoid (plus lots more to make your home safe), see “Healthy House Secrets” in CHI’s bookshop. Click on http://www.chihealthinnovations.com/shop.php