I have come across three more words that you maybe familiar with. They can mess with our hormones and cause other health problems. I saw the words on the overview slides of Consumer Healthy, it was on one of the URLs like UPI.com I belive.
- Bishenol A; more commonly known as BPA which is used making plastic materials such as Rubbermaid or another company.
Definition by Wikipedia for Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound with the chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2 belonging to the group of diphenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols, with two hydroxyphenyl groups. It is a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. It has been in commercial use since 1957.
BPA is a xenoestrogen, exhibiting estrogen-mimicking, hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in some consumer products and food containers. Of course, FDA says it is still safe to use products made with BPA at the level they allow.
Products that contain BPA include water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic items, and sports equipment. Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221205.php
2. So they came up with Bisphenol S and Bisphenol F; more information about these two terms are as follows:
Bisphenol S is supose to be an alternative for BPA. Bishenol S was made early as 1869 as a dye. Bishpenol S is an organic compound with the formula (HOC6H4)2SO2, and is used in curing fast-drying epoxy glues and as a corrosion inhibitor.
Recent work suggests that, like BPA, BPS also has endocrine disrupting properties. What makes BPS, and BPA, endocrine disruptors is the presence of the hydroxy group on the benzene ring. This phenol moiety allows BPA and BPS to mimic estradiol. In a study of human urine, BPS was found in 81% of the samples tested. This percentage is comparable to BPA which was found in 95% of urine samples. Another study done on thermal receipt paper shows that 88% of human exposure to BPS is through receipts.
3. Bishenol F
Bisphenol F (4,4’-dihydroxydiphenyl-methane, BPF) is a small aromatic organic compound with the chemical formula (HOC6H4)2CH2. It is related to bisphenol A through its basic structure, as both belong to the category of molecules known as bisphenols, which feature two phenol groups connected via linking molecules. In BPF, the two aromatic rings are linked by a methylene connecting group.
BPF is used in the manufacturing of plastics and epoxy resins. It is used in the industry as a way of increasing the thickness and durability of materials. Its use in this way is important in the production of tank and pipe linings, industrial floors, road and bridge deck toppings, structural adhesives, grouts, coatings and electrical varnishes. BPF is also utilized in liners, lacquers, adhesives, plastics, and the coating of drinks and food cans. Another use for BPF is in dental materials, where it can be found in restorative materials, liners, adhesives, oral prosthetic devices and tissue substitutes.
BPF has been shown to be present in the environment and as a food contaminant. This results in a low level, chronic exposure for humans. Due to this chronic exposure and the estrogenic effects that BPA has been shown to have, studies on BPF have occurred and are still occurring, to assess the effects that BPF has on living organisms. In addition, one study done in rats found the greatest effect of BPF to be liver toxicity.
So these alternatives has some kind of affects our health is some way; so we can avoid materials made with these ingredients as much as possible. That is about all we can do or buy alternative materials.