I’m sure by now you’re well aware of the health dangers that the creepy chemical bisphenol A (BPA) poses.
Found in the plastic packaging of a mind-boggling number of products from canned foods to cookies, the plastic hardener is far from the harmless compound that food manufacturers want you to believe it is.
Despite the EPAs foot-dragging, a stack of studies—one that continues to grow by the day—has given us a LOT to be concerned about.
BPA has been linked to a frightening list of health issues ranging from developmental problems in our most vulnerable citizens… our children… to diabetes, a disease which has reached epidemic status in our nation.
If you’ve already sworn off of BPA and are relying on all the products that are popping up on store shelves recently marked “BPA-free” you’re not alone.
But unfortunately that means you’re not alone in being swindled either.
Beware of this dangerous BPA bait & switch
It turns out those new chemicals they’re using in that BPA-free packaging aren’t any safer than the junk they replaced, according to a study published in the journal Endocrinology.
Yes my friend, they pulled the old bait and switch on us, and in this case it could be making you, or your loved ones, sick.
What’s worse is the “toxic” stand-in they’ve given us instead could be even MORE dangerous than the chemical it’s replacing.
You see when people started to get wind of just how bad BPA was they began to make some noise. When that noise got loud enough many food manufacturers simply switched from the bisphenol A we all know and hate to bisphenol S (BPS).
Notice how similar those names are? Well it doesn’t end there, the potential damage they can do looks pretty much the same too.
When researchers exposed zebrafish—a fish scientists often turn to in the lab because they’re transparent so you can clearly see the effects of your tests—to BPS it was almost as if they were looking at the outcome of a BPA experiment.
Estrogen-mimic BPS caused health-damaging chaos
The BPS essentially mimicked estrogen in the body just like the BPA. And that unexpected, hormone-like surge of the copycat led to the kind of chaos you might expect, including birth defects and reproduction issues, according to the UCLA scientists.
Ridding your life of both bisphenols (and any others that food manufactures may have hiding in the wings) isn’t easy, and it may even be impossible. But don’t lose hope. What you can do is drastically slash your exposure.
The best way you do that is to make the switch to fresh and frozen foods that don’t come wrapped in plastic or stuffed into plastic containers or metal cans.
Trade in the plastic leftover containers in your kitchen cabinet for glass, ceramic or stainless steel ones instead. And tell cashiers you don’t need a receipt unless you absolutely do because, yes, BPA is often hiding in the ink on them too.
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