As if the sugars, sugar substitutes, and carcinogenic caramel colorings weren’t enough … now the container your soda comes in may be harmful to your health.
Startling new research is bringing to light additional dangers to human health from the chemical bisphenol A, more commonly referred to as “BPA”. It is found in plastic bottles, other plastic food packaging, and the linings of food and beverage cans. It has been known that chronic exposure to the chemical has been associated with heart disease and cancer.This new study, however, has discovered that a single exposure to the chemical can have an immediate impact on health.
The 2014 study used soy milk, due to the drink having no known effect on blood pressure. The participants drank
the soy milk from typical cans lined with bisphenol A (BPA), and within two hours, levels of BPA in their urine drose dramatically, as well as their blood pressure. When they drank the soy milk from glass bottles, no BPA levels were detected, and there was no rise in blood pressure. Dr. Yun-Chul Hong, director of the Environmental Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea explains that BPA acts like the hormone estrogen, and as it interacts with cells in the heart and blood vessels that are sensitive to estrogen, it raises blood pressure.1
Studies such as this make it clear that the health risk could be higher for a sodaholic, as well as a cardiovascular or hypertensive patient who is exposed more often than the usual consumer to the chemical.
You cannot avoid the chemical by pouring your can of soda into a glass, as the bisphenol A leeches into the soda. So, if you drink soda that was contained in cans or plastic bottles, you may want to switch to glass bottles.
1.Yun-Chul Hong, M.D., Ph.D., chair, department of preventive medicine, director, Environmental Health
Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea; Steven Gilbert, Ph.D., director and
founder, U.S. Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders, Seattle; statement, Steven
Hentges, Ph.D., Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group, American Chemistry Council; Dec. 8, 2014, Hypertension.