Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Ban On BPA Milk Bottles
Finally, government had decided to ban BPA milk bottles from March next year due to BPA's risk to infant hormone systems. I think most of us mommies already know about this, and most of us already use the non-BPA bottles. But, for those who still don't have any clues what it is all about, you should read more about this.
What is BPA? BPA is an abbreviation for Bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is an 'ingredient' used in the chemical compound that lines the inside of food containers such as canned goods and cartons for liquids like milk and juice. It also is the major building block in Polycarbonate plastic. Plastics with number 7 on the bottom of the container.
How does it get into us? The bonds in BPA are prone to leaching (falls apart from its parent compound) into the foods contained within the can/carton or plastic container. This takes place over time and can be accelerated with heat.
How does it affect us? BPA acts as an environmental estrogen and once it is ingested it can disrupt proper hormone functioning, alter genes and interferes with normal physical and behavioral development. Our children come first!! The effects of BPA will be more pronounced in children because they are growing and developing at such a rapid pace. We as adults have mature brains (most of us anyway) and bodies. Therefore the interaction of BPA and our hormones/genes are dulled in comparison.
So stop using the BPA milk bottles mommies. You can read more about the news here.