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Clearing the air about plastic bottles and BPA

Article by Kayla Holman

According to several reports, everyone’s favorite plastic bottle chemical to hate, bisphenol A (BPA), has permeated our currency. I guess that means your cash isn’t safe to use anymore. No need to worry, just place all your filthy bills in an envelope and send them to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be showered with monetary love from my favorite readers, but I can’t dupe you like that. Sure, a story depicting BPA diseased currency was published, but that doesn’t mean that your money or everyday plastic bottles pose a hazard to your health. Follow me on a quick trip through the ins and outs of BPA.

The happy years. BPA was invented in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t used in plastic bottle packaging or other materials until the 1950s. Following nearly fifty years of beneficial use, the material was called into question regarding its status as a synthetic estrogen. Interesting how it took FIFTY years to notice the supposed harmful effects of this chemical. Not to mention the fact that living beings are still around to use it today!

Canned food protector. BPA is used in many packaging applications. Its presence in plastic bottles is obvious, but epoxy resins (BPA often found in the lining of metal cans) are making a rumor splash as well. Don’t fret over catching cancer by eating baked beans; instead be thankful for the preservation advancements that only BPA can provide canned foods. If you take it away you might as well invite botulism and other food borne illnesses to your next impromptu block party.

A ban on plastic bottles and everything else. If BPA were to be banned from use, plastic bottles and metal can linings made with the chemical wouldn’t be the only products to disappear. In today’s society we safely handle many useful items made from BPA. Take CDs and DVDs for example. What about sunglasses and all sort of sports equipment? No one is worried about using these things despite the fact that they all and many other items include BPA.

It goes right through you. Pardon the phrasing, but it’s true. Some BPA “studies” claim that the damaging chemical accumulates in the human body. It is true that BPA can be ingested in minute amounts, but it’s harmless and the chemical is extracted in less than 24 hours.

The cherry on top. Out of all the reports written about BPA, not one peer-reviewed study, based on typical consumer activities, reveals any actual harm to humans. All that worry for nothing, BPA won’t hurt you or your loved ones. How’s that for a momentous conclusion?!

People have safely used and interacted with BPA for years, so what caused such a widespread scare? Let’s just say special interests have a way of making their agendas known, even if it’s in a covert manner. Fear tends to triumph over proven findings, so they might as well make up their own storyline. It started with plastic bottles, but now even your money is involved. Don’t accept sensationalism for real news any longer.

It’s safe to package in plastic bottles. Read Kayla Holman’s article and move past the plastic bottles stigma.

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