In recent years, there’s been a push to have plastic bottle manufacturers move away from the use of BPA in its manufacturing process. This is due to BPA health concerns that have arisen as more scientific studies have shown that there is indeed a link between ingestion of BPA and health problems.
What is BPA and why should I be concerned about it?
BPA is a chemical additive used in the manufacturing process of many plastic bottles. The reason it is used is because it helps to harden the plastic and make it stronger and more durable. BPA is very effective in this regard and is also a very inexpensive solution for bottle manufacturers.
The problem with BPA is that it has been determined to cause health problems in laboratory animals when they are exposed to the chemical for long periods of time. Studies have shown an increase in the rates of cancer and abnormalities with the reproductive organs, among other ailments. Although today, no study has definitively linked BPA to health problems in humans, it can be reasonably assumed based on current data.
So exactly how does the BPA get from the plastic into your drinking water? BPA slowly leeches from the plastic and gets dissolved into the water. Using any type of hot liquids or heating the plastic such as in a microwave also greatly increases the rate at which BPA leeches.
You have probably heard that it is not a good idea to ever put a plastic container in a microwave and this is the reason. Chemicals from the plastic are released into the liquid and then are ingested.
Always choose BPA cookware
Luckily, in the United States and many other locations, the majority of manufacturers have moved away from the use of BPA in their manufacturing process. Where you need to be most careful is in the use of cheap plastic water bottles that are designed to be thrown away after one use, as sometimes those types of bottles still have BPA.
It must be stated that exposure to BPA over the short term is probably nothing to worry about. It is only after long-term exposure over many years that a person is likely to have a greater risk for the stated health problems. Simply be aware of the risks of BPA and therefore always look on the label of a bottle when you are shopping to make sure that it is in fact BPA free.
BPA free baby bottles are essential
When it comes to baby bottles, it is imperative to always use a bottle that is BPA free. Infants are more susceptible to the effects of chemicals than are adults. With the knowledge that we have available to us today, there is simply no reason to ever risk using a BPA bottle with babies or infants.
So that is what you need to know about BPA. Now that you are armed with the information, just be vigilant and always double check to make sure that you use BPA free water bottles.