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Are Plastic Bottles and Packaged Foods Poisoning Your Arteries? -- YES

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Posted on Feb 21, 2024, 1 p.m.

Article courtesy of Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, who is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, one of the world's top cardiologists, a best-selling author, lecturer, and a leading expert in plant-based nutrition and holistic care. He shared a recent interview to bring more attention to important questions and answers for those seeking information regarding his mission, in which he talks about heart health, symptoms, cholesterol, diet, supplements, and much more.

It is estimated that we are exposed to over 80,000 industrial chemicals with only a small fraction having been studied for health consequences. One family of chemicals that has been studied is the bisphenol family such as BPA and BPS, used since the 1950s. BPA and BPS have been reported to enter into the environment directly through the leaching of these plastic products.  Increasing research has been conducted to determine the potential human exposure level of bisphenols and they can be routinely found in human urine samples. The residues in humans are of public concern due to a range of adverse health effects of these synthetic compounds including endocrine system disruption, reproductive disability, and neurotoxicity. Now new data indicate that a version of bisphenols called brominated bisphenols harms the lining of our arteries called the endothelium.


The study investigated the endothelial effects of bisphenols and brominated bisphenols involved in aortic pathological structure, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity, synthase activity, and nitric oxide (NO) production in human umbilical vein endothelial cells mice.

A type of bisphenol called brominated bisphenols, such as tetrabromobisphenol S (TBBPS) significantly inhibited NO production by 56%.

The enzymatic activity of eNOS decreased by 16.9% after exposure to TBBPS. Moreover, TBBPS was observed to increase aorta thickness significantly in mice and induce endothelial dysfunction. 


This basic science study raises the concern that bisphenols, particularly brominated bisphenols like BBPA, may induce harm to arteries by reducing NO production, reducing the activity of an enzyme called eNOS, and thickening arteries. All of these, if true in humans, could lead to hypertension and disease of arteries like atherosclerosis.

What can be done to limit our exposure to these compounds? A resource can be found at the Environmental Working Group website and the recommendations include:

  1. Substitute fresh, frozen, or dried food for canned.
  2. Limit how many packaged foods you eat.
  3. For those who cannot avoid foods in BPA-lined cans, rinsing the food in water may help lower the level of BPA in the food. Bonus: Rinsing cuts back on other additives too, such as sodium on beans or sweet syrup on fruit.
  4. Never heat food in the can. Transfer it to a stainless steel pot or pan for stovetop cooking, or microwave in glass – not plastic.
  5. Do not buy drinks in plastic bottles. Use a glass or metal water bottle you fill at home both for your health and the health of the planet. 

The risks of bisphenols go beyond artery damage and include endocrine disruption, fertility, risk of diabetes type 2, and brain disease. You can learn more here

About the author: At his core, Dr. Joel Kahn believes that plant-based nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet. Having practiced traditional cardiology since 1983, it was only after his own commitment to a plant-based vegan diet that Dr. Kahn truly began to delve into the realm of non-traditional diagnostic tools, prevention tactics, and nutrition-based recovery protocols.

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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