Bad News BPA

Many plastic food containers contain the chemical bisphenol-A.
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More bad news is emerging about the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), found in canned food linings and much plastic food and beverage packaging. A study just published in Environmental Health Perspectives finds a significant relationship between mice exposed to BPA during pregnancy and pre-diabetes. The study finds, specifically, that exposure to BPA during pregnancy leads to increased insulin resistance and alterations in glucose tolerance in the mothers during pregnancy and later in life.

And BPA appears to affect male babies in utero, too—exposure was significantly associated with a pre-diabetic state in male offspring. These changes occurred with BPA does that were five times lower than those recommended as safe for humans.

BPA is so widespread that it's been detected in urine samples of 98% of the U.S. population. The chemical, prone to leaching, has been associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, moderate obesity, insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.

SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives.