The researchers at University of Iowa conducted a new study, which examined the existence of a link between food container chemical substitutes and obesity.
The study suggests that the combination of common chemicals used to manufacture plastic water bottles, food containers, and other consumer products “do not contribute to obesity to the extent of the chemical it’s replacing.”
New Chemicals Replace Obesity-Causing Packaging Chemical
Previously, packaging companies used the chemical bisphenol A or BPA while manufacturing plastic food containers. However, subsequent studies found that BPA results in the endocrine system’s disruption and also leads to numerous health problems. BPA is used in the manufacturing of various typed of food packaging such as canned food, water bottles, drinks, and snacks.
The food or water that a BPA-induced container holds absorbs this chemical, which is how it enters the human body. Plenty of hue and cry was raised over BPA’s ill effects on human health after several studies established the chemical’s negative effects. The researchers determined that that BPA increases the risk of an array of health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and particularly obesity.
Following the consumer backlash post the studies’ findings, packaging manufacturers reduced BPA use in the manufacture of food packaging. They replaced the chemical with a combination of bisphenol S and bisphenol F also known as BPS and BPF.
However, at the time, little was known about the impact of these two chemicals on human health. The latest study is the first to delve into the health impacts that BPF and BPS exposure can cause in humans. The study also checks if this chemical combination is in any way linked with obesity.
Obesity Linked To Chemical Substitutes In Food Containers: Are BPS And BPF Included?
To determine whether BPS and BFS cause obesity or have any other negative health impacts in humans resorted to the U .S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s study. The CDC study was a population-based research, which was conducted all across the United States
After analysing the CDC data, the researchers found that the current amount of BPS and BPF chemical cocktail used in the manufacture of plastic food packaging containers was in no way linked to obesity in the humans.
However, the researchers caution that despite the negative impact of BPA on human health, many manufacturers continue to use this chemical instead of the BPS and BPF chemical mix.
BPA constitutes more than 50 percent of the chemicals in the global food packaging market, whereas BPF and BPS on an average accounts for one-fourth of the BPA amount used in the United States alone.
The study’s findings were published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health.