Read the following but know our cup holder is BPA free:
Bisphenol A is commonly known as BPA and is a high profile controversial chemical which some feel is very harmful to human beings. A good indication of this comes from the fact that a lot of baby products when you walk through the baby section in a super market are labeled as Bisphenol free. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, BPA is a chemical that is used in the production of various hard plastic containers of food, but we strongly admit NOT our drink holder. The most common examples are reusable cups, baby bottles and the metal lining of beverage and food cans. Even canned liquid infant formula comes is suspected to be using Bisphenol.
BPA used in many other products including automobile parts, the toys of children, plastic dinnerware we use and the compact discs we listen to. Some products are more risky than others. The health problems usually surface when BPA is leached into the body through injection or digestion. Therefore compact discs and automobile parts are not much of a worry. However, plastic dinnerware and baby bottles might really cause health issues. In studies and reports published by the Environmental Health Perspectives, it was reported that there were adverse affects of BPA seen in animals that were exposed to BPA levels said to be in the safe range. The amount of BPA the mice were exposed to was much less than the normal content that a human being is exposed to through baby bottles and plastic dinnerware. Hence the Department of Health has asked for detailed study of these facts and further research but has asked in the meantime to ensure that BPA doesn’t creep into baby bottles or toddler cups.
It is a neurotoxin that will imitate the estrogen inside the body. The BPA exposure of children can cause such adverse affects as impairment in learning, hyperactivity and behavioral changes. The adults exposed to BPA can face diagnosis of more cardiovascular diseases, liver enzymes which are abnormal and even diabetes. Another study showed that if this neurotoxin enters the bloodstream through the utero it poses a significant danger to the reproductive organs both in the females and in the males. Most of these studies also point out the fact that the risk posed by BPA to females is more than the risk that males are at due to exposure of these chemicals. Hence one must avoid using hard plastic containers for warm or hot liquids as it may break BPA into food.