Bisphenol A (BPA) is often cited as a weight gain influencer and new research has confirmed such suspicion. BPA is commonly found in plastic containers, food wrappings, foods, drink bottles, canned food, hand sanitiser and cosmetics, to name a few.
A recent study, asked women to reduce/avoid BPA exposure over a 3 week period. A second group of women who were not avoiding/reducing BPA exposure were also measured to compare results. BPA urine content and weight were assessed at the beginning and end of the study. After 3 weeks, women avoiding/reducing BPA exposure showed a decrease in urine BPA content and also lost a significant amount of weight. The women who made no changes, showed an increase in BPA urine content and experienced significant weight gain. While this study is small and has many limitations it adds to the body of evidence that BPA is an endocrine disruptor and one of such effects is weight gain. If you are eating well and exercising regularly but your weight loss goals aren't happening, it may pay to look closely at your level of BPA exposure.
Tips to reduce BPA exposure:
- Look for 'BPA-free' when shopping
- Buy organic where possible
- Eat fresh produce to reduce need for food packaging
- Store food in glass or stainless steel containers
- Purchase a glass or stainless steel drink bottle
- Swap cosmetics to organic
- Swap moisturises/cleansers to organic
Remember, it's not about being afraid of each and every ounce of BPA, its about being aware and taking steps to reduce total load on the body. Helping your body clear BPA through a healthy diet and regular exercise should also be priority!
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Natural Hormone Balance & Healthy Weight Loss, Natural Skin Health, Anorexia, Eating Disorder Recovery, Orthorexia, Thyroid, Non-dieting Approach, Gut Health, Nutritionist specialises in PCOS, Why can’t I lose weight, Weight Loss Resistance