Prompted by reports of the adverse effects of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a component used in packaging material and bottles, manufacturers have been shifting to bisphenol S (BPS). However, latest findings say that BPS may pose health hazards too.

A study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology suggests that BPS and BPA have comparable effects on fat cells and their metabolism.

In their study, the researchers found that exposure to a little or a lot of BPS had the same result – creating the largest accumulation of lipids. Oddly, exposure to moderate amounts of BPS has less of an effect.

Even very small amounts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals can disrupt hormones.

Ella Atlas of Health Canada, senior author of the study, said in a statement that the exercise was the first to suggest BPS exposure can promote the formation of human fat cells. That could be a problem because the products labeled “BPA Free” often contain BPS.

Researchers at UCLA also recently reported that BPS may be linked to early puberty and a rise in breast and prostate cancers


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