A new study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension has linked high blood pressure to Bisphenol A, or BPA. That chemical is often linked to plastics and other containers that store our food, and various other products.
BPA is part of a sturdy plastic used in food storage containers, and which is sometimes used to create epoxy resins. Epoxy resins are used as lining on the inside of canned foods such as soups and vegetables so that food doesn’t touch metal.
BPA was pulled from baby products, such as bottles, when previous studies exposed the chemical for causing reduced lung function in children, birth defects, miscarriage and increased risk of developing asthma.
To conduct this new study researchers examined 60 people who drank soy milk from either a can coated with BPA or a glass container. They found that BPA concentration was 1,600 times higher when participants drank from BPA coated cans. They also found that systolic blood pressure rose.
The study found that levels in both groups were still within the “acceptable normal daily” range based on governmental regulations. The U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has refused to pull BPA from products used by adult, claiming that the amount of BPA absorbed into the body is harmless. The agency says adult bodies transforms BPA residues into an inactive sugar which excretes in our urine.
A recent study has linked BPA exposure in pregnant adults to possible lower lung function in children.
In a 2004 study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that almost all Americans aged 6 years and older, tested positive for some BPA in their bloodstreams.
Fresh foods and glass containers are recommended for anyone who is attempting to avoid BPA in their diets.