There is a report in today’s Telegraph with the headline: Pregnant women warned of 80 per cent increased risk of miscarriage from food heated in plastic.
New findings from Stanford University, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference in Boston, suggest that high levels of contact with the chemical found in many plastics could dramatically increase the likelihood of miscarriage.
Researchers stated that “it is impossible to avoid all contact with the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), which is used in plastic packaging, tinned products and cash register receipts, but recommending limiting the impact of exposure.”
The main points of the research are:
pregnant women are advised to avoid cooking or warming foods in plastic containers, as chemicals leak far more quickly at higher temperatures, and to avoid letting plastic bottles of drinks get warm in the sun.
one of the most important things to avoid was drinking from plastic bottles which had been allowed to get warm. Studies show that levels of BPA increase by about 1000-fold in the water of a bottle that has been sitting in the sun.
the same advice was issued to men whose partners are trying to conceive, after separate research found that the presence of similar chemicals found in the same plastics appeared to reduce male fertility by 20 per cent.
This is a new study on 114 pregnant women, which found that those with the high concentrations of the compound in their blood were 80 per cent more likely than those with low or normal levels to suffer a miscarriage.
Earlier this year the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists issued advice that pregnant women should “play it safe” and try to limit exposure to many chemicals found in plastics, because they said it would take years to properly assess the risks of exposure.
According the Telegraph’s article, the Miscarriage Association said the study was too small to draw definite conclusions, and that more research was needed.
My thoughts are that pregnant women want to do the best for their baby and if that means minimising any risks from packaging then they will probably do it. Yes, more research is needed but ditching processed food to make way for better food and more fresh fruit and veg has got to be a good thing!
What do you think?