BPA is a chemical used in producing plastic bottles, food containers and the lining of tin cans. BPA can leach out of the plastic and into your food and drink. Once inside your body, BPA can interfere with normal hormonal processes and cause genetic damage, especially in developing foetuses and children. To date, more than 100 studies worldwide have linked BPA with prostate cancer, breast cancer, reproductive disorders and polycystic ovary disease.
Ways to reduce your risk
• Use containers made of BPA-free plastic, glass or stainless steel.
• Check the labels on toys, containers and other plastic items, and look for those that are BPA-free.
• Don’t put plastics in the microwave as harmful chemicals are much more likely to leach at high temperatures.
• Avoid drinking water from plastic bottles and don’t reuse disposable plastic water bottles.
• Don’t use old plastic water bottles as the longer you use the same bottle, the more likely it is that it will start to break down and release toxins.