Are you used to going to your office’s canteen for drinking tea/coffee? Are you served Tea/Coffee in Plastic/Thermocol cups in your office, hospitals, etc.? Aren’t Plastic and Thermocol cups the favorites of parents and picnic-goers the world over? Should this worry you? Certainly, new research suggests that drinking hot tea/coffee in plastic cups could actually be harmful to health. It could lead to serious health ailments like liver and kidney diseases or even cancer. Are you regularly drinking your tea/coffee in Plastic/Thermocol cups? After reading this you might not!
Plastic? What is it?
Plastics surround us. A vital manufacturing ingredient for nearly every existing industry is Plastic. This material appears in a high percentage of the products we use every day. Although modern life would be hard to imagine without this versatile chemistry, products composed of plastics also have a dark side.
Substances are often added to plastic to help shape or stabilize it. Two of these plasticizers are:
- Bisphenol-A (BPA), added to make clear, hard plastic
- Phthalates, added to make plastic soft and flexible
What does the research say about Plastics?
BPA is a basic building block of polycarbonate plastics, used for bottled water, food packaging and other items. While it has been considered harmless in the form of a heavily cross-linked polymer, its bonds can break down over time, when plastics are repeatedly washed, exposed to heat or other stresses, liberating the building blocks of the chemical, which are toxic. When food is wrapped in plastic
Or placed in a plastic container and microwaved, BPA and phthalates may leak into the food.
The amount of dangerous bisphenol A (BPA) that leaches from hot plastic bottles into the drinks they contain is most dependent on the liquid‘s temperature, according to a new research. When both new and used polycarbonate drinking bottles were exposed to boiling hot water, BPA was released 55 times more rapidly.
So, what can plastic do to me?
So, using plastic containers for having hot beverages can cause various diseases. The plastic containers are manufactured using various chemicals that could prove hazardous to health leading to various health ailments.
According to various tests conducted so far, this compound has been proved cancerous.
Some of the adverse effects from BPA exposure include:
- Structural damage to the brain
- Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning
- Increased fat formation and risk of obesity
- Altered immune function
- Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive cycles, and ovarian dysfunction
- Changes in gender-specific behavior, and abnormal sexual behavior
- Stimulation of prostate cancer cells
- Increased prostate size, and decreased sperm production
Bisphenol-A is harmful for children as well as pregnant women. It can lead to breast cancer in women and can also become a reason for miscarriages. It can affect fertility in males as well. According to experts, Bisphenol-A also affects Alfa cell which produces insulin in pancreas. Insulin controls glucose levels in our body. The chemical also influences the level of hormones in our body. Also, it can cause lack of concentration in children.
How can I stay cautious?
In taking toxics into our body can be enormously harmful. It’s appropriately said, “Prevention is better than cure”. Therefore, by minimizing the usage of Thermocoal and Plastic cups we can prevent many fatal diseases.
Also, Get your regular health checkups done at 3H Care and lead a healthy carefree life.