In recent years, food producers have strived to make their products healthier by eliminating harmful chemicals in packaging, in particular, BPAs. BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical used to make plastics and line some metal products, such as food cans and bottle tops.

But a recent report shows that women may need to rethink the use of some popular brands of sports bras that contain BPAs. The brands include Nike, PINK, Athleta, The North Face, All in Motion, Brooks, Mizuno, Reebok, New Balance, FILA, and Asics.

BPAs and Health

Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics since the 1950s. Research has shown that these chemicals can leak into food or drinks stored in containers that are made with BPA.

Health experts have raised concerns about the possible health effects on the body, including possible links to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and negative effects on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses.

Exposure to BPAs also extends through absorption through the skin. This chemical can end up in the bloodstream.

How to Avoid BPAs

  • Remove your sports bra immediately after working out as sweat has been found to extract contaminants out of clothing.
  • Doctors say the good news is that BPA clears the system pretty quickly so shorter exposure is better.

To avoid BPAs in food, make these small changes for better health:

  • Use BPA-free products. Look for product labels with BPA-free wording. Also, when reading labels, check for plastics marked with recycle code 3 or 7, as they may contain BPA.
  • Don’t put plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher. The heat may break down the plastic, allowing the chemical to leach into foods.
  • Use alternatives like glass or stainless steel for hot foods or beverages.
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