BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical that is commonly used in the production of plastic products, including some types of food and drink containers. However, research has shown that BPA can be harmful to human health, particularly when it leaches into the food or beverage it contains. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t drink out of BPA plastic:
- Hormone disruption: It is an endocrine disruptor, which means it can mimic or interfere with the hormones in our bodies. Exposure to BPA has been linked to a range of hormonal issues, including reproductive problems, early puberty, and increased risk of breast and prostate cancers.
- Increased risk of obesity and diabetes: Studies have shown that exposure can contribute to the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This is because BPA can disrupt the way our bodies regulate insulin and glucose levels, leading to insulin resistance and weight gain.
- Negative effects on brain function: It has been found to have negative effects on brain function and development. Studies have linked exposure to this chemical with decreased cognitive function, increased hyperactivity and aggression, and a higher risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Environmental impact: Plastic products, including those made with BPA, are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to break down. This means that they contribute to the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and landfills.
To reduce your exposure, it’s recommended that you avoid drinking from plastic containers marked with recycling code 3 or 7, as these may contain BPA. Instead, opt for containers made from glass, stainless steel, or BPA-free plastic. Additionally, you can reduce your use of disposable plastic products altogether by choosing reusable options, such as water bottles and food storage containers.
Strong recommendation: recycle your plastic water bottle, plastic shaker and stop buying bottled water so much in turn for using glass or stainless steel travel mugs.