Is your PET bottle making you fat?

Good morning everyone,

It was another gorgeous day yesterday and today and tomorrow are looking the same. The sky will be blue (mostly) and daytime highs will be in the low 20s. The whole week, with the exception of Wednesday, is looking not bad actually. Wednesday may see some rain and we may temperatures in the mid-20s by next weekend.

Have you ever heard of BPA? It's a chemical lurking in your plastic bottles and it may be making you fat...

PET bottles are made using this chemical (it's full name is Biphesnol-A) and some studies have linked it to increased levels of obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Now, before you throw out all of your PET bottles, let's have a look at it in more detail.

BPA is found in a ton of everyday items-including PET bottles, safety equipment, electronics, children's toys and food products, the list could go on and on. Obviously, we don't have to worry about getting BPA in our system from wearing or using things made from BPA. But what about food containers? And how big of a problem is it, really?

Let's answer the second question first. The answer is: we don't know. Is that reason enough? Well, it's probably worth it to take some precautions, wouldn't you say? how does it get in our bodies? Well, it leaches into our food from the container through repeated use (don't use the same PET bottle again and again (like me...oops!) and also through heating-so be careful how you heat things in the microwave and drinking hot drinks from PET bottles. 

And how big of a problem is it? What happens when it gets in our bodies is of real concern. Dozens of research studies have linked low levels of BPA (like those found in people) to countless suspected health effects including cancer, coronary disease, neurological damage, reproductive and developmental disorders, obesity, diabetes, ADHD, and behavioral problems.

Hmmm...looks like I better invest in some BPA-free bottles for my drinking water...

Have a great day!

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