Since last March 1 are no longer manufactured bottles with BPA in the European Union, beginning in June, will not be allowed for sale. But what is BPA? It is a chemical compound used to make plastics such as polycarbonate and epoxy resins.
These two substances are part of the composition of almost everything are on the CDs, in sunglasses, in cars, on toothbrushes, and also in baby bottles and children’s wares, among others, and although legal, are not safe because if they come into contact with food can release substances harmful to health.
Studies with this substance in animals have shown that exposure to BPA, even at very low doses, can affect the hormones of development, fertility, influence behavior and even encourage the formation of tumors. More recent research has shown that BPA can also cause metabolic disorders, cardiovascular, liver and related to diabetes.
And if we consider that children absorb more toxic and eliminated worse, relative to its weight, eat and drink three or four times more than adults, making them eat more pollutants in proportion, and that his liver and their kidneys remove toxins worse, the protection against toxic substances during the first two years of life should be a priority.
So how safe are plastic bottles and children’s dinnerware for children? But not all, some types of plastic are not recommended. To find out for sure, you look at the bottom of the bottle. If you see a number 7 inside the recycling triangle symbol could have BPA and should be discarded, but if you see a 2 or 5, quiet, safe for use by children. However, some experts recommend using a bottle of glass because it is safer for health and has less environmental impact.
Plastics are good those which are marked with numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5. However, should take a few precautions for its components not pass food or drink and ending in the inside of the body. Avoid habits such as heating food in the microwave in plastic containers because the heat facilitates the exchange of molecules. Food always goes to a glass container.