“BPA: A Danger To Children”
BPA (bisphenol-A) is an antioxidant that is found in common plastics to prevent unwanted chemical reactions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 1 million pounds of BPA are released into the environment each year. A September 2011 report stated, “Worrying levels of BPA, an industrial chemical with suspected links to cancer, lurk inside canned soups and pasta targeted at American children.” BPA is best known as a hardening agent in plastic bottles and used to line the inside of metal cans. But dozens of scientific studies have pointed to a possible link with cancer and other illnesses, such as reproduction problems, diabetes and heart disease, as I have found with other antioxidants. Earlier in 2011, the European Union banned the use of BPA in the manufacture of baby bottles. Its use in infant food containers is also restricted in Canada as well as 10 US states. Experts say, “We’re concerned about BPA because it disrupts the body’s delicate hormonal system.