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Should Seniors Be Concerned About BPA?

Senior Care in Oakmont CA

Chances are you’ve heard about BPA, or you have seen things labeled as “BPA Free.”  BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical that is used to harden plastics and it can be found in items that seniors useSenior-Care-Oakmont-CA every day such as water bottles and food containers.  With the recent buzz surrounding BPA and its effects on health, many seniors may be wondering if they should be concerned about BPA and if they need to take the steps to reduce their exposure.  Here are some quick facts about BPA, where to find it, and its effects on the human body.

What is BPA?

BPA is bisphenal A, a chemical that is used to harden plastics.  BPA has been used in plastic since the 1960’s and it can be found in food containers, beverage containers, and water bottles.  Because it is found in these types of containers, it can make its way into our food and drink and then enter the body.

Is BPA Harmful?

What we know about BPA largely comes from studies done on animals such as mice and rats.  What these studies have shown is that BPA may contribute to a higher risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes because it can effect the body similarly to a synthetic hormone.  While BPA may certainly have negative effects on the health of rats and mice, scientists aren’t yet sure if it can have the same negative effects on humans. The FDA is currently studying BPA and it has already concluded that BPA is safe in low levels.  The amount of BPA that seeps into food and beverages is very small.

Should Seniors Worry About BPA?

The amount of BPA that seeps into food and drink is quite low.  However, there are ways to decrease exposure to BPA if you are at all concerned about it.  Some ways to avoid BPA are:

•   Using alternative food containers and water bottles that aren’t made from plastic.  Try using glass or stainless steel containers for food storage as well as glass or stainless steel water bottles.

•   Eat fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned ones, because cans are lined with resin that contains BPA.

•   Don’t heat food in plastic containers.  Heating food in plastic containers can cause more BPA to seep into foods.  To avoid BPA, try heating food in glass containers in the microwave or in a pot over the stove.

 

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Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/bisphenol-a-in-plastics-should-we-worry/