Are BPA-Free Products As Safe As They Claim?
Bisephenol-A or BPA, is a man-made, carbon-based synthetic compound used to make various types of plastics and epoxies. In recent years, there has been a broad campaign to rid many products of BPA, including plastic water bottles, baby products, and food storage containers. The push to remove BPA from these products is due to the fact that there is synthetic estrogen compound within BPA that can cause endocrine disruptions. Infants and young children are the most at-risk for any negative effectives, as studies have shown a connection between early BPA exposure and physical and neurological problems later in life.
As a result, many states have banned the use of BPA in the production of many products. In response, manufacturers have had to come up with an alternative. The most commonly used replacement is bisephenol-S or BPS. Many consumers see this as a win, with "BPA Free" labels now on many products. However, is this new BPS compound safer than BPA? It turns out that it may not be.
Bisephenol-S is an organic compound also used in the manufacturing of plastics and epoxies and is actually closely related to BPA. The main difference is that BPS has a slightly different chemical makeup than BPA. With the rise in demand for BPA Free products, BPS is exploding in popularity among producers of plastic bottles, baby products, and other consumer goods. But since BPS is so similar chemically to BPA, the celebration of a "BPA Free World" may not last long.
Scientists have found that BSA also has an estrogen-like effect on humans' hormone system, especially children in utero. In-vitro tests on animals showed that BSA disrupted the development of brain circuitry. While adults may not suffer the negative effects of BSA as much as they would with BPA, pregnant women are the most at risk as the BSA could affect their unborn children. This new discovery could easily push for another round of bans on this new substance.
Researches have made a recommendation that due to these dangerous chemicals that people try to avoid conventional household plastics as much as possible. While most Americans know that is is nearly impossible to not come in contact with plastic on a daily basis, there are a few products that should definitely be bypassed. This includes hard plastic water bottles, baby bottle componants, and plastic dinnerware. Consumers can instead purchase plastic or stainless steel water bottles, ceramic plates, or natural baby products.