Monday, November 09, 2009

What's In Your Bread?

In April 2008, Health Canada assessed that bisphenol A may pose some risk to infants and proposed classifying the chemical as "'toxic' to human health and the environment."

Your body is probably home to a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA. It’s a synthetic estrogen that United States factories now use in everything from plastics to epoxies — to the tune of six pounds per American per year. That’s a lot of estrogen.

More than 92 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine, and scientists have linked it — though not conclusively — to everything from breast cancer to obesity, from attention deficit disorder to genital abnormalities in boys and girls alike.

Now it turns out it’s in our food.
From here and Consumer Reports

Bread ,tofu and pasta lovers...heads up...

The metabolism of the environmental estrogen bisphenol A (BPA) was studied in heterotrophic plant cell suspension cultures of soybean (Glycine max), wheat (Triticum aestivum), foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), and thorn apple (Datura stramonium), which were regarded as metabolic model systems for intact plants. Three main metabolic routes of BPA were observed in the tissues. Most of the radioactivity found in the cell extracts consisted of carbohydrate conjugates of BPA amounting to about 85% (foxglove), 80% (wheat), 7% (soybean) and 15% (thorn apple) of applied 14C. Department of Biology V (Ecology/Ecotoxicology/Ecochemistry), Technical University Aachen, Worringer Weg 1, 52056 Aachen, ALLEMAGNE


Four Dinners said...

Given my consumption of beer and vodka I doubt Bisphenol A is likely to do me any harm...;-)

Candy Minx said...

Ha har!

* (asterisk) said...

Interesting. A couple of years back, my dad said that he'd heard that using too much clingfilm (Saran wrap) could "make you gay". I thought it was funny and silly. But maybe his take on it actually has some remote basis in science. (Not the making-you-gay bit per se; but that men [and women, obv] are getting more estrogen than is normal.)

Beej said...

Hahahaa!!! The last thing I need is more estrogen hahahaa!! (jk)