Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Although you may not know it, there’s a good chance you’ll be getting some BPA in your holiday gifts this year.  That’s a good thing because BPA helps your gifts keep on giving long after the holidays are over.
 
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, someone who cares about your safety might give you a polycarbonate helmet to protect your head if you fall.  Polycarbonate is lightweight and highly shatter-resistant, making it an ideal material for safety helmets of all types.
 
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More Fake News on BPA – Should You Care?

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Thursday, September 13, 2018

The title of a recent press release on a new study sounds ominously important: “BPA replacements in plastics cause reproductive problems in lab mice.” Reading further, the press release refers to “the array of alternative bisphenols now used to replace BPA,” and the new study states that “[r]eplacement bisphenols have rapidly emerged in consumer products.”

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An Explanation on BPA in Plastic Water Bottles

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Monday, August 20, 2018
There always seems to be a new article on the Internet telling you not to drink from plastic water bottles, listing 2, 5 or even more reasons why. The suggestion only makes sense if the reasons are credible, and this is where the articles come up short. 
 
The three simple reasons below are how you can ignore the however many reasons online and continue to drink out of plastic water bottles as much as you want. 
 
1. Plastic water (and soda) bottles do not contain BPA
 
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BPA Safety and Confusion

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
As far as I know there are no studies reporting about BPA safety and confusion.  But it is certainly true that BPA safety is a confusing subject, and you’re forgiven if you’ve been confused by what you’ve read about BPA over recent years.
 
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Seoul Listens to the Science on BPA

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Monday, July 30, 2018
Next time you walk down the canned food aisle of the grocery store, take a close look at the labels on the cans.  You’re likely to see some with logos indicating that the product is BPA-Free.  Since the labels provide no information to explain what that really means, you probably assume it must be a good thing.  If it isn’t, why would they put it on the label?
 
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AAP Misses the Facts on BPA

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The eye-catching headline of a recent news statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) misses the facts on BPA. The headline claimed that “some common food additives may pose health risks to children.”  And that’s what the media reported, and in some cases embellished, apparently without asking too many questions about the BPA facts.
 
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Should Kiwis Be Concerned About Exposure To BPA?

Steven Hentges, Ph.D
Thursday, June 28, 2018
An important piece of information to answer that question is the level of exposure to BPA for people in New Zealand.  Somewhat surprisingly, considering how thoroughly BPA has been studied, no one has apparently measured BPA exposure levels in Kiwis.  That data gap makes a new report from New Zealand both novel and important.
 
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