It is nice to wake up in the morning to a nice cup of hot coffee. It is a real eye opener – delicious, warm and a beginning to a new day. However, do we ever think about the plastic used to hold the coffee?
Most plastic used in the food industry is not BPA free and this goes for most coffee pods. Even if it is BPA free plastic – it is still plastic – full of estrogen – related to the plastics used in the manufacture of either plastic bottles, containers or coffee pods.
ARE BPA’s Harmful?
Bis-phenol-A — better known as BPA — is an industrial chemical that’s used in many household plastics and food packages. It’s capable of interfering with the body’s hormones, particularly estrogen, and scientists have linked BPA exposure to diseases like cancer and diabetes, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
BPA is a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the endocrine system – even in small amounts.
The FDA in 2012 banned all BPA’s in all baby food containers and bottles and you can see the signage on all the packaging when you walk the baby aisle in any grocery store. However, these same containers now screaming BPA free are now being made with BPS – another equally toxic analog in the same chemical class, known as bisphenol S (BPS).
This has enabled manufacturers of products as varied as thermal printer receipts to baby bottles and sippy cups to advertise their products as “BPA-fre,” while still exposing consumers to potentially harmful, and less regulated chemicals.
IS BPS any better?
Yet BPS is getting out. Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallels BPA, says Scientific American.
It – BPA and BPS has been linked to a wide variety of problems, including:
- Breast and reproductive system cancer
- Early puberty
- Behavioral changes in children
- Resistance to chemotherapy treatments
BPA is found in everything from plastic food and drink containers to the lining of tin cans as well as the coating of 40% of receipt paper used throughout the world. These chemicals can leach into the food and drink products you consume and make their way into your body.
We become what we drink and eat – or what we eat or drink from.
So there you have it! There’s a lot of conflicting information about the safety of the chemicals that make up everyday life and most of the scientific research is completed by the companies who manufacturer these said chemicals.
It’s important to remember that many scientific studies are sponsored by large corporations and receive funding to prove what these companies are advertising.
You can enjoy the health benefits of coffee every day, but be selective in the equipment that you use, and always demand safety first as a consumer. Your body will thank you for that.
If you have a Keurig machine at home and don’t want to see it go to waste, there are reusable filters that you can purchase and fill with the coffee of your choice or you can cut away the plastic for the ones you have already purchased.
If you are using plastic for food storage it is best to slowly as your budget allows – switch back to glass containers. They are a little more expensive, heavy but they will last a life time and may increase your life – free from the listed issues above.