Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in the inner coating of cans, register receipts, dental fillings and in some plastic bottles. BPA’s have been linked to a variety of illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, developmental problems in the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children, and now most recently high blood pressure.
Recently Korean researchers found that drinking two canned beverages increased systolic blood pressure by 5mm Hg. It is important to note that a 20 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure doubles the risk for heart disease.
The scientists gave soy milk to 60 people aged 60 and older on three occasions. The soy milk was served in either cans or glass bottles (glass being BPA free). Two
Individuals consuming canned beverages or canned foods should be aware that BPA’s can leach into your foods. The BPA acts like the hormone estrogen and researchers believe it raises blood pressure when it interacts with the cells in the heart and blood vessels, which are areas of the body sensitive to estrogen. This may also explain why BPA has been
linked to the condition called gynecomastia (male breast growth).
U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that BPA is safe, but never offers elaborate explanations as to why it is. Meanwhile, other organizations like the U.S. Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders, disagree, stating “They should get BPA’s out of can linings”, “We need to find safer alternatives.”
Your greatest chance of avoiding and limiting consumption of BPA is to eat only fresh and frozen foods and avoid plastic water bottles or canned beverages. Find reusable bottles that are BPA free and never leave plastic or canned beverages in high temperature settings (your hot car, or garage) where the packaging can release a greater degree of substances into your beverage.
Written By: 50 Plus Report Editorial Team
Sources: webmd.com, Nutrition Action Newsletter, foodsafetymagazine.com