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Old 04-17-2017, 08:20 PM
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Question BPA-FREE Plastics, More Harmful Than BPA?

I've bought quite a few items and paid a little more just because they were BPA "free". Was just reading that they might be more toxic than the plastic with the BPA.

I've bought small drinking glasses for the bathroom, dog water bowl, juice pitcher, tupperware, etc.

So, do you think I should stop buying the BPA-free? Eliminating plastic completely is not an option. Thanks for any advice.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...-as-hazardous/

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In 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a compound frequently found in plastics.



The ban came after manufacturers’ responded to consumer concerns of BPA's safety after several studies found the chemical mimics estrogen and could harm brain and reproductive development in fetuses, infants and children.* Since then store shelves have been lined with BPA-free bottles for babies and adults alike. Yet, recent research reveals that a common BPA replacement, bisphenol S (BPS), may be just as harmful.




BPA is the starting material for making polycarbonate plastics. Any leftover BPA that is not consumed in the reaction used to make a plastic container can leach into its contents.


From there it can enter the body. BPS was a favored replacement because it was thought to be more resistant to leaching. If people consumed less of the chemical, the idea went, it would not cause any or only minimal harm.
Yet BPS is getting out.


Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallel BPA. A 2013 study by Cheryl Watson at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that even picomolar concentrations (less than one part per trillion) of BPS can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer. “[Manufacturers] put ‘BPA-free’ on the label, which is true.



The thing they neglected to tell you is that what they’ve substituted for BPA has not been tested for the same kinds of problems that BPA has been shown to cause. That’s a little bit sneaky,” Watson says.
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I have been concerned about this as well. My feeling (just a feeling) is that plastic reacts to heat and acids, so do not use plastic to use or store with such things. As you said that you use plastic cups in the bathroom, I assume Dixie. Those should be OK as long as you use cold water. Some juices are acid, so best not to use plastic glasses.

I've been trying to buy glass storage containers for refrigerated foods like half of a tomato left over for tomorrow. Dry goods, like pasta or cereal, should be good in plastic.

Grocery canned goods are difficult. It's hard to know if a can has BPA coating on the inside. If the market demands a change, this will get better.

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All plastics freak me out now.

Glass/paper/ceramic/stone/wood - I just cannot trust plastic.

And I also wonder about: silicone
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When I started going to the gym again a few years back, I wanted to avoid plastic and bought an aluminum water bottle. Then I started thinking about aluminum, Alzheimer's, etc. I think the safest material these days is glass....and that's not very convenient at all.
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