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What bisphenol is and which products contain it

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Bisphenol: what it is, where it is found, in which foods it can be found and why it is dangerous to health.

We hear about it very often, and almost always in an alarmed way. Bisphenols, and in particular bisphenol A, also known as BPA, and bisphenol S, are in fact among the chemicals we are most exposed to every day but which can cause damage to our health the most. In particular, BPA is used in many industrial and commercial applications. It is a plastic material, devoid of color, odor and taste, soluble in organic solvents. We can find it in products such as water bottles, food packaging, CDs and more. That is why it is harmful to health and in which foods it can be found.

Bisphenol: what it is and why it hurts

Bisphenols are a type of chemical used in the production of various types of plastics. There is some concern that exposure to these substances may have harmful effects on human health . Recently, there have been some clues to suggest that bisphenol exposure increases the risk of developing cancer .

Plastic water bottle
Plastic water bottle

In addition to its potential carcinogenic effects, long exposure to bisphenol can also lead to other problems, such as reproductive problems, obesity and diabetes. In particular, it seems that pregnant women and small children are at greater risk.

Bisphenol: where it is found and how to avoid it

Many everyday products contain bisphenol. Some of the most common products that contain it are food cans , water bottles, and baby products. Unfortunately, it can also spread to food and drink. In fact, it is not uncommon that it has been detected in food products such as tuna . So it's important to be aware of the risks associated with this substance, and try to avoid products that contain it as much as possible.

For this reason it is advisable to try to buy only BPA-free products, following these guidelines:

– choose glass , steel or ceramic containers whenever possible;
– look for products with the BPA-free label;
– avoid plastic with numbers 3, 6 and 7 on the bottom, because it is the one most at risk.

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