BPA Found In Plastic Cups Linked To Heart Disease

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Kathleen used to feed her daughter using plastic bottles .

"After about three months, I read an article and found out that the plastic is dangerous- it can release toxins."

The toxin is BPA.

"BPA- bisphenol A is a chemical compound, which is in these linings of baby bottles, canned foods, those types of things."

A new study by the University of Exeter in England finds that adults with the highest levels of BPA are more than twice as likely to have heart disease as those with the lowest levels of BPA.

Still, experts say, the study is not conclusive and doesn't show that BPA is a cause of heart disease .

"But at the same time it's hard as a parent to sit around and wait for science."

His advice? Throw out any old and scratched plastic food containers ... And...

"Be careful not to heat the plastic itself, cause that can cause the chemical to leach out."

Also, avoid plastics that have a recycling symbol with the numbers three, six, or seven ... And choose baby bottles not made of b-p-a plastic.

Kathleen has switched to glass bottles ... Which aren't quite as convenient.

"Yeah, I dropped one the other day and just watch your toes."
Her advice to other parents-

"Read the magazines, watch the news, go on the Internet. I mean, nobody's gonna knock on your door and say 'by the way, you know, the plastic in that bottle is now releasing toxins."

Experts also advice against storing acidic foods, like jello, orange juice and vinegars, in plastic containers.

For more information on chemicals in plastic log on to www.connectwithkids.com.