A quick note on this new BPA study highlighted by Fox News regarding BPA exposure in utero and its effect on girls. As noted in prior posts, BPA is thought to be an “endocrine disruptor.” While the EU and Canada ban its use in baby bottles, it’s still all too prevalent in consumer products and therefore our bodies. The study’s findings don’t prove that BPA exposure in utero causes these problems. The study’s author Joe Braun, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston said that ”[i]t might be that women who are consuming more processed and packaged foods and more canned foods are also consuming less nutrients that are important for brain development,” for example.
However, the article states that “[t]here’s a growing body of evidence… that really seems to suggest what you’re exposed to and what happens during gestation can set you up on your life course,” according to Braun.
“The brain begins developing from very, very early in pregnancy. Disruption in development could have lasting effects across childhood and the lifetime.” Read more here.