Is the BPA-free sippy cup you give to your child safe? Maybe not.
BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical added to plastics. It has been in use since the 1950s and can be found in plastic cups, plates, baby bottles, and other products. It is also used as a resin to coat the inside of beverage containers such as soda cans. It is almost impossible to escape the use of this chemical in many products we use every day.
Studies have shown that BPA is an endocrine disruptor and can mimic estrogen in the human body. Exposure to BPA can cause birth defects, affect the hormonal development of children, and can also cause or contribute to neurological issues, cancer, thyroid disease, and non-cancerous brain tumors. There are a host of different medical conditions that are linked to BPA exposure.
One way to protect yourself and your children is to buy BPA-free products. Many baby products, including bottles, sippy cups, containers and more are marketed as “BPA-free” as a safer alternative. However, recent studies have shown that even BPA-free products may still be dangerous.
George Bittner, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Texas-Austin, issued a paper in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives that detailed his findings. According to his research, BPA-free products still can release synthetic estrogens that are even more potent than BPA.
The plastics industry has challenged Bittner’s findings and even took him to court in 2013, where a jury found in favor of the plastics industry (for now). The war is far from over, and this is beginning to look like the same fight between consumer advocates and Big Tobacco that was waged for years.
No matter what, research safer alternatives to plastic containers to protect yourself and your children.