Almost 90 per cent of teenagers have gender-bending chemicals from plastic in their bodies, according to a study.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic containers and water bottles, on the inside of food cans and in till receipts.
The chemical, used since the 1960s to make certain types of plastic, mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen, and has been linked to low sperm counts and infertility in men, as well as breast and prostate cancer.
It could also be causing the current gender confusion seen around the world as the chemical wreaks havoc inside the body and mind.
A study by the University of Exeter, whose researchers tested urine samples from 94 teenagers, found 86 per cent had traces of BPA in their body.
Although it is found in till receipts, sunglasses and CD cases, the main way people are exposed is through plastic packaging whose chemicals leach into food, reports The Telegraph.
As well as giving urine samples, the teenagers filled out food diaries. Even when they were told to avoid BPA in their diet for a week, there was no measurable fall in the chemical within their bodies.
This has been blamed on the widespread use of the chemical in food packaging.
Participants told researchers ‘almost everything is packaged in plastic’.
One added: ‘I found it really hard to know what foods I could eat … there is never a guarantee it is BPA-free.’
Foods that appear safe because they are not sold in plastic packaging may still contain ingredients which have been exposed to the dangerous chemical. Highly processed products and fast food are believed to be a particular risk.
Professor Tamara Galloway, lead author of the research, said: ‘We found that a diet designed to reduce exposure to BPA, including avoiding fruit and vegetables packaged in plastic containers, tinned food, and meals designed to be reheated in a microwave in packaging containing BPA, had little impact on BPA levels in the body.’
Previous research has shown people risk higher exposure if they repeatedly use plastic bottles containing BPA, because of wear over time, and if they heat up plastic tubs containing the industrial substance in the microwave.
While BPA is removed from the blood by the kidneys within hours, recent studies show it can stay in the body for up to 43 hours, suggesting it builds up in a person’s fat.
Although it is classified as an ‘endocrine disruptor’ – meaning it can interfere with the hormone systems of mammals – the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) maintains humans’ low exposure to the chemical is not harmful.
Responding to the latest study, published in the BMJ Open journal, the British Plastics Federation said BPA is not found in most ‘on-the-go’ water and soft drinks bottles.
A spokesman said: ‘The British Plastics Federation supports the conclusions of the EFSA that, at current exposure levels, plastics containing BPA pose no consumer health risks for any age group.’
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 5th, 2018