Sunday, April 17, 2011

Are BPA-Free Products safe for your infants?

Nowadays people emphasize more on the natural, organic and safe products for their babies. One big issue related to these products is existence of BPA in them. BPA can be present in Baby’s bottles, Toys, Sippy Cups, Pacifiers, cans, soda cans, etc. After increased awareness of BPA related adverse effects, many leading manufacturers have turned towards making BPA-Free Products. But still one question is there, Are BPA-Free Products safe for your infants?

Are BPA-Free Products safe for your infants?

BPA or Bisphenol A, a chemical compound is widely utilized to make various plastic products. Some plastics leaches BPA when comes in contact with our foods. BPA stimulates estrogen in our body and leads to cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty or many other health problems. So, people have started to use BPA-Free Products for their infants.

However, current research shows that the BPA-free products are not much safe as we might believe. Though these plastics do not comprise BPA, they liberate few other elements which mimic estrogen in our body. Another study of Environmental Health Perspectives Journal has also noted the same. For this study, researchers bought 450 plastic bottles from retail supplies such as Wal-Mart as well as Whole Foods and tested them. The products that released estrogen like chemicals were found to be 70%. When theses items were examined under the daily factors like heat, light, washing, and also microwaving, around 95% of bottles were indicated to leach BPA-like substances.
It has been concluded in this study that the samples of plastics they tested regardless of type of resin, product, or retail source as well as labeled with BPA-free have liberated chemicals showing noticeable EA (estrogenic activity). Moreover, few BPA-free items leached substances which offered more EA than BPA-having products. This kind of EA exposure has been found to affect human cells’ structure and leading possible risks in infants and children.

On the other side, the most ever-present chemical, BPA has trapped in controversy as last year U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated "some concerns" related to potential effects of it on the brain growth of fetuses, infants and children but did not express this chemical as unsafe. According to a latest study, Americans present two times more BPA in their bodies as Canadians but study was not able to reveal the precise reason. Additionally, the study does not spot the particular chemicals but proposes that the BPA-containing products can be recycled without much cost to avoid the risks.

The U.S. is trying to control the use of BPA in products which are meant for infants. However, the results of harmful effects related to BPA-free products are not proven strongly.


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