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FDA Will Not Ban BPA!

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Someone's upset with the FDA.

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently petitioned the FDA to ban the use of BPA in products.

BPA, bisphenol A, is a possibly toxic chemical used in many products, especially plastics and resin that line or make up our cans and certain food products. It's even in baby bottles!

The FDA has said they will not be banning BPA from being used but

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EXCLUSIVE: Fran Drescher's Fit Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle

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Fran Drescher, FitPerez's newest health correspondent, is back to answer more of your questions about living the healthiest lifestyle possible!

This week, Sara from Florida is a little weary of plastics (for good reason too!) and asked:

Hi Fran,

What’s the deal with plastics and our health?

According to Fran:

Hi Sara,

Did you ever see the movie The Graduate? There’s a very famous line where the character talks about the future of plastics. Well, turns out he was right; plastics are everywhere! But we need to be cautious, especially when it comes to food and plastics! Many plastics, like water bottles and food containers contain a chemical called bisphenol-A (aka BPA) that can leach into food. BPA has been linked to cancer, heart disease, reproductive complications, obesity, autism and even decreased sex drive! (YIKES – I’m sure your boyfriend won’t like that one!) So here are a few tips:

- Try to avoid plastics with recycling codes 3, 6 and 7.
- Don’t microwave any plastic containers.
- Store your food and liquids in glass containers.
- If you are going to use plastic containers to store food, make sure they aren’t old and scratched. Purchase BPA-free alternatives.

For more answers to any health questions on your mind, tweet @frandrescher #askfranforfitperez and help fight cancer by checking out her website www.cancerschmancer.org!

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Hormone Disrupting Chemical Found On Money

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Hormone Disrupting Chemical Found On Money

Well, it looks like there is no possible way to avoid germs/disease/etc.

Large amounts of BPA, a hormone disrupting chemical has been found on half of store receipts and 95% of dollar bills tested.BPA has been shown to cause various health problems, including cancer.

WTF.

Some organizaitons like Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families are pushing for more control over the chemical. In the meantime, they recommend the following to avoid BPA exposure: Refuse receipts, wash your hands frequently, and don’t use bottles that are not polycarbonate plastic.

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