At Equilibric, we strive to offer a convenient, attractive, and safe food storage option to our customers. One of the biggest ways we ensure your safety is by using materials that are completely BPA-free. These days, it is hard to find anyone who isn’t aware of the concerns and worries over the chemicals used in the plastic products they use everyday. You probably see BPA-free labels everywhere. But do you really know why it’s important that your plastic food storage containers be BPA-free?
Today, Equilibric will be explaining what BPA-free means, why it’s important, and how you can ensure that your family is safe. With that, let’s get started discussing the importance of choosing a BPA-free food storage option.
What are BPAs?
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used in the making of many different types of plastic products since the 1960s. BPA is found predominantly in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are used in the making of containers that store food and beverages while epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products such as food cans.
Some of the most common items that may include BPA are:
- Items packed in plastic containers
- Feminine hygiene products
- Canned foods
- Plastic food storage containers
- Household electronics
The Dangers Caused by BPAs
With so many different products being made with the use of materials containing BPAs, it is important that you know the dangers posed by the chemical. Research has shown that BPAs can actually seep into food or beverages that are contained in plastic products made with polycarbonate plastics or epoxy resins. This is a big issue as BPA exposure has been linked to a slew of possible health effects.
BPA Exposure’s Negative Effects on Babies
There are a slew of ways that babies can be negatively affected by exposure to BPAs. One such effect is found in studies that reported that babies born to mothers exposed to BPA weighed, on average, 0.5 pounds less than babies born to mothers who had not. There is also much evidence to suggest that BPA exposure can cause extreme hormonal effects during pregnancy in that children born to parents who have been exposed to BPA typically have a shorter distance between the anus and genitalia.
There is also much evidence to suggest that BPA exposure may have an effect on the brain’s development that results in behavioral changes in children later in life. Most notably, children born to mothers with higher BPA levels have been found to be more anxious, hyperactive, and depressed. Interestingly, in regards to behavior, babies born to mothers who have been exposed to BPA also exhibit more emotional reactivity and aggressiveness.
Finally, there is also a suggested link between BPA exposure in early life and abnormal breast tissue and prostate development that has been observed to lead to a higher risk of developing cancer later in life.
BPA Exposure’s Negative Effects on Adults
In the case of adults, there has been research to suggest that there is a link between BPA exposure and increased blood pressure. Another major health effect of BPA exposure is problems with fertility. There have been studies that have found that women with frequent miscarriages showed about three times more BPA in their blood than women with successful pregnancies. Separate studies have shown that men with BPA in their blood fell victim to a 3-4 times greater chance of low sperm count and low sperm concentration.
There have also been proposed links between BPA exposure and heart disease, as well as an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Human studies report anywhere between a 27-135 percent greater risk of developing high blood pressure in those with BPA exposure. Even more telling, a study of 1,455 American adults with higher BPA levels showed between 18-63 percent greater risk of heart disease. This study also found that there was an increased risk of type 2 diabetes at a percentage between 68-130 percent.
Finally, there have been several studies to suggest that there is a link between obesity and BPA exposure. According to one report, women that are obese may have as much as 47 percent more BPA in their blood than women of an average weight. Other reports state that people with higher BPA levels may have anywhere between 50 and 85 percent more of a chance of becoming obese. Results of a similar pattern have also been witnessed in children and adolescents.
What You Can Do to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA
As you can see, there are a variety of ways that exposure to BPA can harm you, your family, and your children. For this reason, it is crucial that you limit your exposure to BPA as much as you possibly can. But how? After all, despite the known risks of BPA exposure, there is no federal law prohibiting its use in the making of plastic and metal products that we use each and every day.
The best way to limit you and your family’s exposure to BPA is through the use of BPA-free products. BPA finds its way into the body primarily through your diet. Whenever food storage containers using BPA are made, not all of the BPA used in those products is sealed into the product itself. This leaves room for the chemical to seep into your favorite foods and beverages upon storage. Once you eat these leftovers, you leave yourself open to BPA exposure. If you are looking for a safer way to increase the freshness of your food, it is vital that you use a BPA-free product. It is important, however, to keep in mind that although many vacuum packaging methods claim to be BPA-free, many simply substitute the use of BPS or BPF, other forms of harmful chemicals that can produce similar effects to BPA. Choose a product that is completely free of these chemicals by paying attention to packaging and taking note of the presence of any harmful chemicals. This ensures that you are using a safe vacuum-sealing food storage option.