Bottles with BPA are no longer manufactured in the European Union and their sale is not permitted. But what is BPA? It is a chemical compound that is used to make plastics such as polycarbonate and epoxy resins.
These two substances are part of the composition of almost everything: they are in CDs, in sunglasses, in cars, in toothbrushes and, also, in baby bottles and children's tableware, among others, and, Although they are legal, they are not safe because if they come into contact with food they can release substances that are harmful to health.
Studies with this substance in animals have revealed that exposure to BPA, even in very low doses, can affect developmental hormones, fertility, influence behavior and even promote tumor formation. More recent research has shown that BPA can also cause metabolic, cardiovascular, liver, and diabetes-related disorders.
And if we take into account that children absorb more toxins and eliminate them worse, because in relation to their weight, they eat and drink three or four times more than adults, which makes them ingest more pollutants in proportion, and that their liver and their kidneys eliminate toxins worse, protection against toxins during the first two years of life should be a priority.
Then, Are plastic bottles and infant tableware safe for children? Although not all, certain types of plastic are not recommended. To be sure, you have to look at the bottom of the bottle. If you see a number 7 inside the recycle triangle symbol, it could have BPA and should be discarded, but if you see a 2 or a 5, don't worry, they are safe for children. However, some experts recommend using the glass bottle because it is safer for health and has less environmental impact. The "good" plastics are those that are marked with the numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5. However, it is advisable to take a series of precautions so that their components do not pass into food or beverages and end up inside our body. Avoid habits like heating food in the microwave in plastic containers because heat facilitates the exchange of molecules. Always transfer food to a glass container.
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