Connection Found Between Infant Food Intolerance And Common Consumer Chemical

When it comes to food intolerances, there are two leading arguments regarding why there’s been a recent spike in such cases. For one, we better understand what constitutes food aversions now, more than ever. Secondly, and certainly more importantly, many foods have been tainted through genetic modification so heavily that our bodies now just reject them.

But welcome Bisphenol A (BPA) to the possible-explanations party: found primarily in plastic and aluminum food containers, BPA has already been seen in connection with a multitude of different health crimes– but research now placed in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, concluded that it could also be a leading cause of food intolerance.

Researchers realized that mice who came into contact with BPA when they were young, showed a more severe immune response to new food proteins, compared with mice who managed to abstain from such early-development BPA contact. 

According to Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal, BPA could be setting up for a prophetic point in time where we look back and realize it as one of the biggest “health problems” in human history. It seems like the news is always telling us to pay attention to one health scare or another; however, it would truly be in our best interest to pay attention to the real dangers that BPA pose. Considering that BPA can be found in so many everyday items, it’s time to start taking inventory of the things you are coming into contact with. 

Knowing the results of this study, the question arises: how much BPA exposure would be needed to give a human food intolerance? Though this currently remains unknown, infants are at high-risk for BPA due to their extreme vulnerability– meaning making sure BPA isn’t in your child’s food is of paramount importance. In fact, even breastfeeding mothers should watch out for their own BPA exposure, since BPA can find its way into breast milk.

BPA is also often seen in receipt paper, so just decline your receipt whenever you make purchases. Since finding this out a few months ago, I’ve made it a conscious priority to decline all my receipts– unless it involves a massive, important transaction, of course, in which case I’ll take the receipt with my sleeves to avoid any skin contact with the paper. Does it look weird to the people in line around me or the worker behind the cash register? Probably. But that’s a cheap price to pay for such an important move in maintaining my health.

 

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