A new study conducted by German and Danish scientists raises further questions about the possible effects of certain chemicals on human reproductive health. The researchers found that some endocrine disruptors, chemicals commonly found in everyday plastics, can undermine fertility in men. Experts have been questioning the health effects of one endocrine disruptor, bisphenol A (BPA), for years.
The researchers discovered no concrete connection between BPA and fertility. However, an earlier study found a link between BPA and miscarriages, according to a 2010 CNN report. It also stated that chemicals known as phthalates were linked to a 20 percent decline in male fertility. Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible and difficult to break.
"Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA," Registered and Licensed Dietician Katherine Zeratsky writes on the Mayo Clinic's website. "Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children."
Zeratsky recommends using BPA-free alternatives to plastics, such as glass or stainless steel. She says it's particularly important to avoid using plastics that contain BPA in the dishwasher or microwave, since heat can break down plastic over time, allowing BPA to contaminate food and drink.
According to the latest research, humans come into contact with endocrine disruptors in everything from food containers to cosmetics. Consider limiting your exposure to BPA and phthalates by replacing some of your household plastic with stainless steel. All of the products at StainlessLUX are made from food-grade stainless steel, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They don't contain Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, mercury, cadmium or lead. Stainless steel also has a hygienic, nonporous surface that inhibits growth of bacteria, mold and mildew.