Health Buzz: Mom's BPA Exposure May Affect Daughter

How to keep the chemical BPA out of your food; the dangers of Kardashian-endorsed QuickTrim.

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Study: Girls' Behavioral Problems Linked To Prenatal BPA Exposure

Girls exposed in the womb to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA)—a chemical found in everything from plastic bottles to tin cans—may be at risk for future behavioral and emotional problems, suggests a new study published in Pediatrics. Researchers tested the urine of 244 women for BPA—both when they were pregnant and after delivery. They also tested their children's urine at ages 1, 2, and 3. They found that as women's BPA concentration levels during pregnancy increased so, too, did the likelihood that their daughters would score highly on measures of anxiety, depression and hyperactivity, and poor emotional control at age 3. However, researchers didn't find a link between the child's level of BPA and behavior, or between mothers' BPA levels and their son's behavior. "These results suggest that the girls may be more vulnerable to the effects of gestational BPA exposures and there is this unique window of brain development that is susceptible to BPA exposures," Joe Braun, study author and research fellow in environmental health at Harvard School of Public Health told HealthDay.

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  • 5 Ways to Keep Bisphenol A, or BPA, Out of Your Food

    Here are some good ways to reduce your intake of BPA, U.S. News reported in 2008.

    1. Buy your tomato sauce in glass jars. Canned tomato sauce is likely to have higher levels of BPA because the high acidity of the tomatoes causes more of the chemical to leach from the lining of the can. Think beyond plain tomato sauce to any canned pasta—like ravioli and those fun-looking kids' meals.

    2. Consume frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned. In addition to their BPA-free benefit, fresh and frozen produce usually have more nutrients, which often get lost in the process of canning. Eden Foods does offer canned beans that are BPA-free.

    3. Purchase beverages in plastic or glass bottles. Canned soda and juice often contain some BPA. You don't need to worry, though, about disposable plastic water bottles. Most don't contain bisphenol A, and those that do are usually marked on the bottom with a number 7 recycling code.

    4. Use powdered infant formula instead of ready-to-serve liquid. A separate assessment from the Environmental Working Group found that liquid formulas contain more BPA than powdered brands. [Read more: 5 Ways to Keep Bisphenol A, or BPA, Out of Your Food.]

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      Kim Kardashian is famous for, well, being famous—and for her killer curves. But she has raised eyebrows with her paid endorsement of the diet regimen QuickTrim: In January 2010, she told Ok! magazine that she used several of its products to quickly shed 15 pounds—and some of her curviness—in just a few weeks. And in June, she tweeted that she was using QuickTrim to get in shape for summer and her August nuptials.

      QuickTrim products—which range from pills to powdered drink mixes—are designed to "detoxify and clean" the body by eliminating extra water weight and bloating, in large part because of the laxatives they include, according to the company. The products are available nationwide at more than 25,000 retail chains, including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, and GNC. Many of Kardashian's 10.4 million Twitter fans have tweeted that, inspired by her, they're going to give it a try. [Read more: The Dangers of Kardashian-Endorsed QuickTrim.]

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