Should you avoid BPA?
So you know that a lot of plastic drinkware nowadays, like our Full-Image® Tumblers, are BPA-free, but what exactly is BPA, or Bisphenol A, and should you avoid it?
- BPA is a chemical that has been used to harden plastics for more than 40 years.
- BPA in plastic can leach out when heated, so it's best to avoid microwaving or pouring boiling water into plastic that contains BPA.
- Plastics with recycle codes 3 and 7 on the bottom may contain BPA, but other types of numbered plastics are much less likely to have BPA in them.
- The main concern with BPA is that it is an endocrine disrupter, which means it can mimic or interfere with your body's hormones and "disrupts" your endocrine system.
- Other potential concerns include infertility, brain and behavior, cancer and heart problems.
- Some studies suggest that the possible effects of BPA are more pronounced in infants and young children.
- BPA is found in lots of every day products like water bottles, baby bottles, dental and medical products, eyeglass lenses, CDs and the lining of canned foods and drinks.
- The latest from the FDA is that "currently authorized uses of BPA" are actually safe for consumers.
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