BPA in plastics is effecting public health and wellbeing

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a controversial chemical, there’s no two ways about it. It’s controversial because it has the potential to be toxic, yet despite this risk it’s still present in many household items making it tough to avoid exposure in daily life.

BPA is a common chemical, also known as 4,4’-dihydroxy-2,2-diphenylpropane, and it’s found in plastics (such as plastic bottles) and resins. The problem with BPA is that it has the potential to leach into the food or drink contained by the plastics, this could lead to health issues. Research is not clear on what health issues BPA may cause, but it is thought that it may potentially interfere with hormones (sex hormones) and consequently may increase the risk of some hormone related Cancers. It should be noted that this is little more than speculation at the moment, but valid enough to warrant further investigation.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is currently reviewing BPA is looking into current research and policies to ensure that BPA guidance is up to date and evidence based. Canada have banned the use of BPA in baby feeding bottles prompting Europe to review the study that led to the ban in Canada.


NHS Choices, Your Health, Your Choices. Questions raised over BPA plastic. Retrieved 8th April, 2014, from http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/03March/Pages/BPA-plastic-health-warnings.aspx

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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