Monday, April 26, 2010
Bisphenol-A in Coke Cans!
Bisphenol-A is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products. It is most commonly used in baby bottles or any type of hard shatterproof plastic containers. It is also found in the lining of canned goods, plastic wrap and other household plastics.
So what is the big deal? Bisphenol mimics hormones in the body and has been shown through tests in animals to cause many health problems such as an increase in prostate and breast cancer, uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in men, early onset of puberty in girls, metabolic disorders including insulin-resistant (Type 2) diabetes and obesity and neurobehavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
As a family greening up your act, this relates to one of the fundamental ground rules we cover in greater depth in my ebook. This is an example of how we are poisoning the system we live in and depend upon for our health and survival. Why would we continue to allow companies to do this??? Coke has a facebook page if you want to post your thoughts...would be interesting to see what happens to the negative posts!
Here is a link to the Environmental Work Group's page on how to avoid BPA exposure. This is also a good link to the survey they did on canned food and BPA levels. Also of interest might be a recent Food and Drug Administration report for public comment on BPA's affects on human health.
Tracy Lydiatt - B.Sc, M.Sc
The Green Families Guru
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