At Eco Meal Prep, we emphasise our mission to help others live healthier lives by providing environmentally friendly, chemical-free glass meal prep containers. If this sounds like typical marketing speak and raises your skepticism, then you're definitely not alone. You may be thinking to yourself, "I understand the environmentally friendly part, but what the hell does chemical free mean? I wash my cheap and light plastic containers religiously. They're definitely chemical free."
We're glad you're skeptical. We're glad you think critically instead of blindly buying into what we sell. Unlike yourself, countless others are completely unaware of the serious potential effects of chemicals which can be released when using plastic containers. The most harmful and extensively studied chemical is BPA, which stands for bisphenol A BPA. In this post, we'll give you a crash course into what BPA is, and why it's critical to minimize the amount of BPA consumed.
BPA is an industrial chemical which has been used to make plastic and resin since the 1960s. It can be found in almost any type of consumer product you can think of. Water bottles, dental sealants, soda cans and of course, that cleanly washed plastic container you use to store food. Extensive research conducted have shown that BPA from plastic containers can leach onto your food and cause potentially devastating health effects.
The notion that BPA is dangerous to humans has been heavily disputed and denied by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA states that BPA is rapidly absorbed, detoxified and eliminated from humans and therefore is not a health concern. Keep in mind, this is the same administration which has been wrong numerous times in the past and has a Wikipedia page highlighting the criticisms of the administration. This is also the same FDA which deemed BPA safe based on two studies funded by the chemical industry. An industry which cannot afford the financial hit a global BPA ban would entail. We certainly do not take the stance that the FDA is incorrect and is out to screw over the general public. We are simply reminding you that in many cases it has taken long periods of time for the FDA to discover they're wrong and correct their regulations, and their best interests may not necessarily be aligned with the common folk.
In 2006, the US Government sponsored a rigorous scientific assessment of the literature on BPA. 38 experts were involved to review over a hundred studies on the subject, and this was their exact statement:
"BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals."
Your next line of thinking may be "These tests were conducted on animals. Our bodies are so different." Well, the panel also issued this statement:
"Average BPA levels in people were above those that cause harm to many animals in laboratory experiments."
So although it may be correct to assume that the levels of BPA that were associated with harmful effects to animals in experiments were too low to cause any long lasting effects on humans, we may possess even higher levels of BPA than those animals. To make matters worse, the panel added:
"The measurement of BPA levels in serum and other body fluids suggests the possibilities that BPA intake is much higher than accounted for or that BPA can bioaccumulate in some conditions (such as pregnancy)"
The prior statements all lead to one conclusion: Human beings may consume unsafe levels of BPA, and these levels may be higher than we originally thought.
So how does BPA affect us? To avoid going down a deep and unpleasant rabbit hole, here's a list of some harmful effects which have been associated with BPA:
- Obesity: Recent studies have shown that BPA can be a potent mimicker of estrogen. When it binds to estrogen receptors, it can alter glucose and lipid metabolism which can cause thyroid dysfunction, ultimately leading to increased risk of obesity
- Anxiety in children
- Depression in children
- Hyperactivity and aggression in children
- Lower sperm count
We have excluded some of the less studied potential effects of BPA such as cancer and male sex function, but if you were genuinely concerned about living a healthy lifestyle (we assume you are as you wouldn't be reading this otherwise), the list above should be more than long enough to convince you glass containers for your meal prep solution is the only way to go.
Scientific research and studies take a long time to discover causes of damaging health effects. Although nobody can confirm the causal effects BPA has on our bodies, we cannot wait until enough research is conducted to draw this conclusion. What we do know is BPA is associated with many negative effects on our health, and at Eco Meal Prep we encourage everyone to strive for ultimate human optimisation. When you purchase one of our glass containers, you aren't just buying a quality product, you're investing in your health and devoting your resources into creating the most optimal lifestyle we all wish to achieve.