AARP jumps into the BPA debate. Yes, BPA impacts us all, not just the young.

by Nick
(Montreal)

In an article at AARP.org, the author wrote the usual roundup of information on the impact of BPA on our health.

But there were two things different about this article. First, the audience is AARP members – people of retirement age. Second, the article focuses on BPA used in the lining of canned goods.

Here is a short passage from the article:

“"We know that cans are indeed a major source of exposure," said Frederick vom Saal, a nationally recognized researcher of BPA, or bisphenol-A. "Practically all canned foods use the product."

The canned food industry says that BPA is safe. But a new Consumers Union study shows just one serving of tested canned vegetable soup has nearly twice the amount considered average exposure. In fact, researchers found BPA in most of the 19 tested name-brand canned foods.”

So far, most of the debate about BPA has focused on infants, baby bottles and sippy cups. It’s good to see a different point of view – looking at the elderly and their exposure to BPA through canned foods.

This article also quotes the usual defense from the American Chemical Council, including their tried and trusted argument, “scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized and excreted and does not accumulate in the body”.

Yes, BPA is metabolized and excreted. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a toxic effect while it is in the body.

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