Chemicals Used to Replace Toxic Common Plastics Not Safe After All

| July 25, 2019

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In the late aughts, a compound called bisphenol A became a major news item. BPA, as it’s often referred to, is commonly added to plastics used to make water bottles and line aluminum cans. Valid concerns that exposure to EPA disrupts the body’s endocrine system led to its demonization — and, in some cases, replacement with related chemicals known as bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF).
These days, BPS and BPF are becoming more common among plastics manufacturers — a good thing, if we can assume that they are safe. Unfortunately, the evidence suggests otherwise. As Peter Hess reports, new research is showing that BPS and BPF have similar effects on childhood obesity as BPA. Kids with high levels of these chemicals in their urine, scientists found, were more likely to be obese.

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