Many individuals have a hard time losing weight for many reasons. BPA or Bisphenol-A is an additive to plastics to harden plastic for beverage containers (bottles) and line cans and paper cartons (milk, juice…). It is widespread in use and over 6 billion pounds are used per year. The chemical leaches into the food and beverages it comes in contact with – including plastic baby bottles.
BPA has been tied to diabetes, weight gain, early puberty in females and the feminization and adversely affecting male sexual development. BPA mimics estrogen – it is chemically similar and affects the human body accordingly. Underdeveloped sex organs in males and also affecting fertility of males. The weight gain comes from the elevated estrogen / pseudo estrogen effect on the body causing hormonal imbalances.
There are several initiatives to remove bisphenol-A (BPA) from food packaging and baby bottles. The plastics industry is reluctant to admit the effects and apparently does not have a cost effective replacement for BPA or it would do so. It has been in the news several times this year and a web search on BPA will bring up many articles, many from medical journals.
So if you cannot lose weight no matter how hard you try, BPA may be part of the problem. Avoid heating plastic food containers (and baby bottles) in the microwave as that increases the release and transfer of BPA to the food or beverage. Heat foods and beverages in non-plastic containers. There are other chemicals out there that also affect weight gain, metabolism and hormonal levels.
Those who have difficulty losing weight have enough to deal with. As a general rule, go as natural as you can to avoid unnatural chemicals. There are not enough studies on the long term effects of exposure to the multitude of “modern day” chemicals. Weight loss is hard enough without having to consider “outside factors” to the problem of losing weight.
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