The chemical once believed to be a safe replacement for the deadly Bisphenol A may be just as dangerous. Bisphenol A (BPA), now banned due to its connection to obesity, cancer, childhood anxiety and hyperactivity, was replaced by Bisphenol S (BPS) in baby bottles as it was thought to be the safer chemical. However, in a study published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Calgary found that BPS also causes changes in brain development in zebra fish embryos that caused them to become hyperactive. These results were surprising as the fish were given “a very, very, very low dose” of BPS by the lead researcher Debra Kurrasch. Meanwhile, the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association, said the study may overstate the effect of BPA on humans. “The relevance of this limited study on zebra fish to human health, as asserted by the authors, is not at all clear,” Steven Hentges, with the council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group, said in a statement. The researchers do admit further studies must be done to determine if BPS affects human fetuses but recommend pregnant women limit their exposure to items containing bisphenols. How would you counsel pregnant women on purchasing bisphenol-containing products? What other alternatives would you recommend?
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