We constantly hear about the harmful effects that plastic bottles can cause in our everyday life. This topic has been subjected to a large number of laboratory tests and studies. A series of articles have been published on this subject – the harmful effect that plastic containers have on our health. These studies date back to 1930. In particular, much has been said about the harmfulness of the use of polycarbonates (such as Lexan) in the manufacture of plastic bottles, which are released from antimony and BPA (bisphenol A) in the contents of the package.
In 1998, it was discovered that polycarbonate release bisphenol A (BPA), which strongly disturbs the hormonal balance in the body. It damages the reproductive organs and has some side effects on the development of the breasts and prostate, reduces sperm count, and contributes to obesity and diabetes. In 2008, it was confirmed that BPA has particularly harmful effects on brain development in a fetus or newborn baby. It was back then that many states banned the use of BPA in the manufacture of baby bottles.
Bisphenol-A is usually in the form of transparent plastic that is used to produce bottles for water and soft drinks, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, white composite fillings for teeth, contact lenses, and home electronics. CDs and DVD discs are made out of BPA, and a resin that contains BPA is used to coat the inside of almost all cans for packaging beverages and food.
Indeed, out of all the products that contain BPA, the most common in our everyday life are definitely plastic bottles. Therefore, it is very important to pay special attention to these little killers. BPA is released into the content of bottles for normal use. When exposed to heat and various detergents, but also under the normal conditions, these bottles can be very dangerous. This means that even the little plastic bottle of water standing on your table can be dangerous and very harmful.
Drinking from plastic bottles increases the level of exposure that our body has to these harmful chemicals. They particularly harm the male sex. A study conducted at Harvard University revealed these facts. They tested the students who drank all cold beverages from stainless steel bottles in order to minimize BPA exposure. Then they were given the beverages from plastic bottles for a week. The study showed that the amount of BPA in their urine increased by 69%. When the bottles were heated, the amount of BPA increased even more.
These studies have shown that high levels of BPA have a close connection with the appearance of birth defects, problems with growth and development, and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Although it is evident that the danger of BPA is very high, it still remains the most used in the production of plastic because it is inexpensive, lightweight, and durable, and offers features that other materials do not have. Unfortunately, we still don’t have all the facts about how dangerous BPA really is for our bodies.