Could this be making you fat?

According to a recent study conducted at Tufts University (story here)…Bisphenol A exposure to unborn baby mice was seen to cause more weight gain in adulthood eating the same amount as other mice not exposed to the chemical.

Bisphenol A (BPA or 4,4′-dihydroxy-2,2-diphenylpropane) has also been known to cause the following in mice at low exposure (wiki):

  • Decreased maternal behaviors
  • Insulin resistance develops in 2 days, chronic hyperinsulinemia at day 4
    Prostate cells more sensitive to hormones and cancer
  • Breast cells predisposed to cancer
  • Decline in testicular testosterone
  • Lower bodyweight, increase of anogenital distance in both genders, signs of early puberty and longer estrus.
  • Increased prostate weight 30%
  • Changes in breast tissue that predispose cells to hormones and carcinogens
  • Permanent changes to genital tract

All I can say is WOW!!! This does not sound very good to me but it is good to note: DO NOT use polycarbonate for your hot liquids – BPA will leach out of the plastic and into your liquid!

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