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Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A is a chemical compound used in the creation of polycarbonate plastics. It can be found in many everyday items: hard-plastic water bottles (labeled 7 on the bottom), baby bottles, baby food jars, even the linings in canned foods and beverages. Bisphenol A is acutely toxic, and the toxins can leach from the plastic into liquids, especially when the containers are heated or scratched.

A 2007 consensus report in the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology found that Americans are exposed to Bisphenol A at levels shown to cause harmful health effects in animals. Bisphenol A is thought to affect hormone levels, though studies on the effects of Bisphenol A in humans have been inconclusive. However, the effects found in animals included breast and prostate cancer, decreased sperm counts, reproductive abnormalities, neurobehavioral problems, early puberty in females, and various other abnormalities. The prevalence of Bisphenol A in our daily lives makes it difficult for us to avoid it altogether. But, there are definitely steps you can take to limit your exposure to these toxins. Try to be conscious of the materials used to make the products you’re using. Be especially wary of  Nalgene water bottles, baby bottles made of hard plastic, plastic baby food containers, and all canned food products. Dental sealants are another place where Bisphenol A might be present. When possible, see if you can avoid using polycarbonate products- instead, opt for safer plastics, glass, or metal whenever possible.

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