Paper or Plastic Estrogen?


Containers that may contain Bisphenol-A, BPA plastic that mimics the female hormone estrogen. Talon file photo.

Containers that may house BPA plastic that mimics the hormone estrogen. Talon file photo.

My Opinion – By Talon Contributor Ryan Lim ’17

My family used to use Bisphenol A plastics, found in everything from water bottles, CDs and Starbucks cup lids, then switched to BPA-free items following news the chemical that hardens plastic mimics the effects of the female hormone estrogen.

Consuming BPA that seeps from porous surfaces could cause brain damage and behavior issues, especially in younger children, as well as the unborn, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Bisphenol A, around since the mid-20th century, has been in most types of water bottles and cups, compact discs, as well as certain medical devices.

It’s likely you’re drinking from a BPA-containing cup.  A decade ago, 93 percent of 6-year-old boys and girls were found to have this plastic estrogen present in their urine.

BPA-free products were said to use a different type of plastic hardener. Research now finds that tests on BPA-free plastics show the same symptoms, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper’s Website.

Health experts at the nationwide Mayo Clinic recommend using glass and stainless steel as a substitute for plastic.

I am still using a BPA-free water thermos, but my family has switched to glass for liquids.

The next time you bring a container from home or use disposable plastic utensils or carry mugs and bottles, beware of BPA.