Mounting evidence suggests that BPS may cause the same health hazards as BPA
Chemical tweaks aren’t enough to tame a possibly dangerous component of plastics, several new studies suggest.
Bisphenol S, or BPS, a common chemical in everyday plastics and papers, has the same toxic, hormone-disrupting effects in cells and animals as its older relative, bisphenol A, or BPA. The findings are the latest to raise doubts that BPS – or perhaps any other bisphenols – are a safer alternative to BPA. The studies also suggest that products labeled “BPA-free,” such as baby bottles, are not as free of health risks as consumers might expect.
In a study published February 26 in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that BPS, like BPA, can boost heart rates and spur irregular heartbeats in female rats. In the Feb. 3 Proceedings of the National Academy of