Posted: 12:51 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
By Mehera Bonner
There's nothing like popping a bowl of leftover mac n' cheese in the microwave and digging in, but did you know certain plastics contain the super-dangerous chemical BPA? This harmful substance can be found in many plastic containers and food linings, and a new study finds that ingesting BPA can increase the risk of miscarriage — particularly in women who are already prone to them!
Stanford University reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Ruth Lathi recently studied a ground of 115 newly-pregnant women with a history of miscarriages, and in that group, 68 women had miscarriages and 47 carried their babies to term. The pregnant women were further divided into four groups based on the BPA levels in their blood, and the women with highest levels had an 80 percent greater risk of miscarriage. Yikes!
Luckily, Dr. Lathi says that the study isn't conclusive, though she also noted that "it's far from reassuring that BPA is safe." So, how can you avoid BPA in your day-to-day life? For starters, don't microwave your food in plastic, try not to eat too many canned products (BPA is in the lining), don't leave you water bottle in the sun, and don't handle cash register receipts — they're coated with BPA-filled resins!
Are you going to be more wary about avoiding BPA, or do you think this is much ado about nothing? Hit the comments and dish!