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BPA boosts risk of childhood asthma

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Jimmy Downs

Sunday March 3, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- Bisphenol A or BPA, which is commonly used in transparent hard plastic,  may increase risk of another medical condition, childhood asthma, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The study found inner-city children at the age 3, 5 and 7 years of age with the highest levels were 40 percent more likely to suffer asthma, compared with those having the lowest levels.

BPA is toxic to the brain, reproductive system and immunity, according to the National Toxicology Program.  BPA is used in plastic of water bottles and food containers and the lining of infant formula cans among others.  Because of this, it is very hard to avoid exposure to BPA.

A few things that parents can do to reduce their children's exposure to BAP include avoiding plastic food containers with recycle codes 3 or 7, avoiding microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers, avoiding use of canned foods, and using glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers  particulary for hot food or liquids whenever possible.

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