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1. Bisphenol A and similar compounds

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that used to be found in the plastic containers of many common foods and beverages and in the lining inside metal cans (for instance, those used for canned tomatoes).

However, studies have shown that BPA can leach out of these containers and into the food or beverage inside (1Trusted Source).

BPA is believed to mimic estrogen by binding to the receptor sites meant for the hormone. This can disrupt typical hormone function (1Trusted Source).

What’s more, studies in pregnant animals have shown that BPA exposure leads to problems with reproduction and increases the future breast and prostate cancer risk of a developing fetus (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source).

Some observational studies have also found that high BPA levels are associated with insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

However, while animal studies have found an association between BPA and weight gain and insulin resistance, few human studies have studied the association between markers of BPA exposure and diabetes (

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