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Don't Heat the BPA

If you’re worried about the toxin Bisphenol A (BPA) you might want to avoid plastic water bottles, and, boiling plastic water bottles. Amanda Gardner of HealthDay News has more:
Exposing plastic bottles to boiling water can release a potentially harmful chemical 55 times faster than normal, new research suggests.


Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in the plastics that make up water bottles, baby bottles, and other food and drink packaging. It acts as an environmental estrogen and can disrupt the function of the endocrine system.

In 2007, an expert panel convened by the U.S. Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) concluded that exposure to BPA presents some risk to development and reproduction, although it's unclear at what level that harm begins to occur.

"There isn't a real answer," said study senior author Scott Belcher, an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati. "There seems to be a current difference of opinion between the scientific research field and the folks doing risk assessment. If you were to sum it up in an easy, relatively conservative way, the scientific data points to some reason for caution at low concentrations. There really isn't much information regarding the effects on human populations directly."
Now, if you’re a parent, and, BPA has got you nervous, check out this BPA-free sippy cup. ParentDish is pretty impressed with the Fluid Toddler Cup. Its neat looking:


To be honest, I want one for myself.
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