Wednesday, September 17, 2008

BPA has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes and heart failure

So in case you haven't heard, BPA (Bisphenol-A) has recently been linked to Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Failure. This latest news is the result of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). While we are not surprised to see that this chemical has a wider range of potentially harmful effects, it is still disturbing to hear this sort of news. The full text of the AMA study can be found here.

Of course, everyone must be happy that this important information has been released to the consumer, right? Not necessarily. The FDA has issued a statement that all of their regulated products containing BPA are safe for use with food products. Of course, they include the caveat that there are alternatives to plastic products. Glass baby bottles are mentioned, but might I suggest Kleen Kanteens with sippy lids?

I am personally more inclined to side with the AMA advice over that given by the FDA. As a current employee of the Federal Government (this here is only the side job) in a regulatory capacity, I don't hold the opinion that all government employees are incompetent morons who couldn't investigate their way out of a paper bag. There are many dedicated and hard-working scientist, engineers and other professionals who work for the Big G. However, regulatory agencies as a whole have a tendency to err on the side of not making waves, especially when large amounts of money in the commercial sector are concerned.

However, as a consumer, I believe people need to make informed choices. The AMA is a rigorous and well-respected body in the field of medicine. My inclination is to take their recommendations at face value until someone shows me reason not to.

With this in mind, check out our line of BPA-free water bottles. We have styles in stock right now from Kleen Kanteen and Guyot Designs. By the end of October, we should also have some very interesting designs from Nathan as well. These are good options for drink storage that should help you put BPA fears to rest.

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