BPA (bisphenol A) is a widely-used industrial chemical, often used in the production of plastics. Like many chemicals though, just because it’s widelyused doesn’t mean it’s safe. As a matter of fact, Kourtney Kardashian won’t eat off of plastic plates or drink from plastic glasses at all, opting for stainless steel instead. Below is a breakdown of what BPA is and why you should avoid it from purifyou®.
What is BPA, Exactly?
As mentioned above, BPA is a chemical that is added to a wide variety of consumer products, including food containers, plastic dinnerware, and hygiene products. It was first discovered in the 1890s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that researchers learned it could be mixed with other chemicals to make plastics stronger and more resilient.
Is it Bad for You?
Currently, whether or not BPA is bad for you is hotly debated within the scientific community. The reason some believe BPA is bad is because it is said to mimic the structure and function of the sex hormone estrogen. Since a BPA molecule is shaped like an estrogen molecule, it’s able to bind to estrogen receptors in the body and negatively influence bodily processes.
Our bodies are extremely sensitive to hormonal changes, and estrogen is a major hormone responsible for a great deal of important bodily functions. While estrogen is the primary sex hormone in women, it also exists and plays a role in male sexual health – particularly in regulating libido and spermatogenesis.
BPA, thanks to its estrogen-like properties, has been linked with infertility in men and women, as well as a low birth weight in newborn babies.
How Do You Avoid BPA?
The use of BPA is so widespread in our society that avoiding it entirely is extremely difficult. The best thing to do is to try and limit yours and your baby’s exposure as much as possible. In an attempt to make that a little easier, purifyou® offers a BPA-free nipple shield and pacifier case. Our cases are non-toxic; BPA, lead, cadmium, and phthalate free; and each case has multiple ventilation holes to prevent the build-up of moisture and, subsequently, bacteria.
BPA is everywhere in society today, and the science regarding whether or not it’s harmful doesn’t look good. Keep yourself and your children protected from its possible effects by purchasing BPA-free products, like the nipple shields and pacifier case from purifyou®.