New research shows that BPS in plastics may cause heart arrhythmia.
BPA, a chemical compound used in the manufacture of plastics, was linked to neurological problems, cancer, heart problems, and fertility issues in numerous studies. Because of the studies, manufacturers started using an alternative – BPS.
Soon, BPA-free labels started popping up on bottles and food containers to show the public they were safe. But it turns out that BPS may not be so safe of an alternative after all.
An initial study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that female rats that were exposed to BPS ended up having heart arrhythmia, among other issues. Though research has yet to be undertaken in humans, the level of BPS the rats were exposed to were similar to the levels humans would be exposed to.
Concerned experts from various health organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic, are advising people to use caution. While more research needs to be done, it may be best to ditch the plastic bottles and containers and use stainless steel water bottles and ceramic or glass containers for food storage.