If you are one of those people that think plastic products are a safe abode for you and have little risks, you may have to think again as they aren’t as safe as you thought after all.
Do you treasure your Tupperware? Possess a passion for plastic? If you have any of those blue-lidded containers lining your fridge, you might want to give them a second glance.
If you follow trendy news, you will probably know by now that BPA (also called Bisphenol-A), a chemical found in plastic products, is extremely dangerous for the human health.
Research shows that BPA from plastic containers can leach into our food and beverages, leading to heart problems, cancer, infertility, and other health issues as we grow older.
But even if your plastic is BPA-free, it could still harbour a number of scary health hazards. According to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a typical substitute called Bisphenol-S (BPS)—which you’ll find in many BPA-free products—isn’t safe, either.
The researchers exposed lab rats to low doses of BPS to mimic what humans would consume in water bottles and other products. That dose increased the heart rates of the female rats, which led to a higher frequency of cardiac arrhythmia (or abnormal heart rhythm), the study reports. Although male rats did not experience the same effects, the overall message couldn’t be clearer.
The logical conclusion as of today is that, at least in rodents, the effects of exposure to BPS are similar to those of BPA. Exposure to plastic materials of this product might contribute to the onset of arrhythmias—although the impact of bisphenol exposure relative to other lifestyle and environmental factors is difficult to assess, the study authors concluded.
Experts believe that purging plastic products completely may be your best bet. Store your food in glass containers instead, to avoid your risk of exposure to those harmful chemicals. It doesn’t hurt to be cautious. As exposure can be reduced or eliminated by decreasing your use of plastic storage containers for food or drink, this is one way you might reduce your risk of arrhythmia.