Evidence that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastics often used in the food industry, is linked to heart disease has been reported. There are five billion people around the world ingesting this stuff, we have very little data on its effects in humans and it is one of the world’s highest-production-volume chemicals.
What is Bisphenol A? Dpends on who you ask. If you ask the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group; “Bisphenol A (BPA) is an important chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both of which are used in a wide variety of applications that make our lives better and safer.” If you ask The American Chemistry Council, an association that represents plastics manufacturers, contends that BPA poses no risk to human health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found 95% of adult human urine samples and 93% of samples in children had bisphenol A. According to Wikipedia Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound that is a colourless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. It is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. BPA is controversial because it exerts weak, but detectable, hormone-like properties, raising concerns about its presence in consumer products and foods contained in such products.
According to Medscape research used data from a 10-year follow-up of the UK EPIC-Norfolk cohort study and shows that higher urinary concentrations of BPA metabolites are associated with an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease. Results showed an 11% increase in risk of developing coronary heart disease with each standard-deviation increase in BPA concentration after adjustment for other factors associated with heart disease.
We were not kidding when we named BPA and the link to heart disease as one of our 8 tips on our show The Wellness Beat: Heart attack warning signs: How to tune into early signs of a heart attack with these 8 tips. Bisphenol A is commonly used in consumer plastics, particularly polycarbonate plastic found in reusable bottles, food packaging, and in the lining on the inside of food cans. In a sampling of U.S. adults, those with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were more than twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease as those with the lowest concentrations of BPA. BPA can produce an estrogen-like molecule that mimics estrogen’s effects, creating a heightened risk for heart disease especially in women. Xenoestrogens also can alter our hormones and cause a whole host of hormonal problems, especially in children and women.
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What really concerns me is the technique known as Retort Heat Process (RHT) where manufactures cook the product right in the plastic container, then seals it while it is still hot and then ship it out to grocery stores.
RHT according to Retorts.com involves the following processes:
- Saturated Steam – direct steam heating
- Water Immersion (Rotary and Static) – indirect steam heating
- Water Spray (Rotary and Static) [Note - Cascading Water is also included in this type] – indirect steam heating
- Steam-Air (Rotary and Static) – direct steam heating
Experts indicate that BPA can leach from heated plastics. Are you ingesting Bisphenol A without knowing it?
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