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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Why You Should Think Twice About Drinking From a Can

Think Twice Before Drinking From A Can
All kinds of beverages are sold today in cans, including carbonated soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, teas, herbal teas, energy drinks, and more. In fact, about 475 billion cans are produced world wide each year. Both cans and plastic bottles used to store beverages contain a controversial chemical called bisphenol A, otherwise referred to as BPA, which many feel is responsible for health problems.

What is BPA?

BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960s to coat the inside of metal cans and is also used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. The danger is believed to occur when the chemical seeps into beverages or food, causing a possible increase for risk of cancer, heart problems, and brain and behavioral issues in babies and young children.

Is it safe?

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that BPA is safe at current low levels, researchers recently have found that the effects of BPA may be more serious than originally expected. One test performed by researchers in South Korea found levels of BPA increasing up to 1,600 percent higher in adults who drank from cans. The test was performed on 60 adults over the age of 60 using soy milk either in a can or a glass bottle.

Heavy users of beverages from cans and those with health problems are particularly at risk for high blood pressure and heart rate problems linked to BPA. One researcher pointed out that "drinking two canned beverages may cause clinically significant problems, particularly in patients with heart disease or hypertension."

Is it safe? You decide.

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