The Perils of Bisphenol A: What You Need to Know

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Cynthia Ramnarace on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:53PM

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What Is BPA?

a Cynthia Ramnarace on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:53PM

Bisphenol A is a chemical that’s commonly used in two kinds of products—polycarbonate plastics such as those used in drinking bottles, and lacquers called epoxy resins that are used to coat the interior of food cans and bottle tops. Manufacturers use polycarbonate because it makes plastic clear and shatter-proof. But because it is also a synthetic estrogen, scientists believe it can affect the development of the reproductive system, increase the risk of certain cancers and contribute to behavioral issues.

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