A “BPA-free” label is no guarantee that a product is safe.
Although a manufacturer may choose to replace BPA (an endocrine-disrupting chemical) with a safer alternative, it is just as likely to be replaced with a similarly dangerous chemical. This replacement is known as a “regrettable substitution.”
Regrettable substitution refers to bans or limitations on certain products, even though the alternatives might pose risks that are uncertain or greater. A consumer study titled “The Psychology of ‘Regrettable Substitutions’: Examining Consumer Judgments of Bisphenol A and Its Alternatives,” indicates that “BPA-free” labels are misleading and cause some people to accept a substitute chemical that they might otherwise reject.
SLN's Take Home Message
BPA is an endocrine disrupter that is linked to fetal developmental problems such as low birth weights which may cause a host of health problems later in life, such as obesity, diabetes, and infertility. BPA has been linked to breast and others cancers, obesity, early puberty and heart disease. It is estimated that over 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies! It is very important to reduce your exposure to BPA however, it is equally as important to read what other materials are used in its place to prevent additional exposure to toxic chemicals.
How to reduce your BPA exposure?
- Eat fresh organic foods and ditch the cans. Read my past blog called ‘Kick the Can’
- Do not use paper or plastics that contain BPA or are marked with a “PC” for polycarbonate (recycling label #7)
- Understand which chemicals to avoid by reading Sociopathic Traits of Endocrine Disrupters