Posted on Wed, 1 Jul 09
Every person on earth harbours measurable levels of environmental pollutants including chemicals linked to various health problems such as cancers, immunological problems, reduced IQ, depression and anxiety, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight gain, fatigue, low fertility and endometriosis [1-4].
One such chemical, Bisphenol-A, has been estimated to be present at detectable levels in 93% of people and has recently been implicated in two of the most prevalent diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes [5-6].
Exposure to Bisphenol-A occurs principally through food, namely from plastic food containers, drink bottles, baby bottles, tableware and containers with internal coatings such as soft drink cans . Limiting exposure to Bisphenol-A by using Bisphenol-A free drink bottles, switching to glass and avoiding soft drink and plastic food packaging is a logical step in reducing any potential health risk. Avoid heating food or liquid in plastic containers as heat increases the passage of Bisphenol-A from the plastic into food contents.
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