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BPA May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Study Shows Higher Levels of Chemical Mean Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Reducing BPA Exposure

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) says there is some concern about BPA safety for fetuses, infants, and children but negligible concern over the chemical's reproductive toxicity for adults.

There's no way to avoid BPA entirely: It's in food, water, and air. But the NIEHS offers this advice for people who want to reduce their exposure to BPA:

  • Don’t microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from overuse at high temperatures.
  • Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA usually have a No. 7 on the bottom, although not all containers with a No. 7 contain BPA.
  • Reduce your use of canned foods.
  • When possible, opt for glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
  • Use baby bottles that are BPA-free.

The current Melzer study appears in the online journal PLoSOne.

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