BPA: What does it mean to you and your family?

Many of us have heard about BPA (Bisphenol A) and have taken action to avoid it. However, many people still don't know what it is, or why it has such dangerous potential. BPA was previously a common chemical used in numerous plastic products, and is used to harden plastic. Some of the most common places it was found included baby bottles, formula cans, sippy cups, water bottles, and many other everyday products that affect adults and children alike. Fortunately, the larger manufacturers of children's products have removed BPA from what they sell.

However, the FDA still maintains the position that low levels of BPA are safe enough. Some studies still show that there are potential problems with the way BPA affects "the brain, behavior, and prostate glands in fetuses, infants, and young children," according to WebMD. The concerns continue with risks for cancer, heart issues, brain and behavior problems, and increasing risks for children.

There is funding for studies on the continued risks of BPA, but until there is certainty about it's toxicity, there are steps that should be taken to avoid it. One of the most simple ways to protect you and your family is to purchase products that state that they are BPA free. Many plastic products have been altered in order to meet this standard, and are a much safer option as well. Overall it is important to remain educated about the subject, and to try better BPA free options.

Start with this article in order to find information about BPA and how to make the best choices for your family.