From: Natural News
BPA-free products still toxic, study finds
Monday, January 28, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Products labeled “BPA free” may be just as toxic as those made with the increasingly shunned original chemical, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical that has been widely used since the 1950s in a large variety of products, from polycarbonate plastics (like those used to make water and baby bottles) and the resins used to line food and beverage containers to compact discs and the thermal paper used to print receipts. A vast body of research has proven that BPA mimics estrogen in the body, and has linked it to a variety of health problems including cancer, reproductive and neurological defects, obesity and diabetes.
Growing consumer concern over BPA has led many manufacturers to replace it with the related chemical BPS. However, the new study shows that BPS also functions as an estrogen mimic.
“I think we should all stop and be very cautious about just accepting [BPS] as a substitute for BPA,” lead author Cheryl S. Watson said. “We should question the whole process about how we introduce chemicals into the marketplace without properly testing them first.”