Vanessa Ramirez worries about the chemicals her children are exposed to, especially in their food.
"You have to be really careful what they ingest, what they take in," she said.
Bisphenol A or BPA is a big concern for many parents. The chemical is used in food packaging. Now, a new study from the NYU School of Medicine shows a possible link between BPA exposure in children to a higher risk for heart and kidney problems later in life.
"It may contribute to inflammation in the arteries and the remainder of our body that may also contribute to narrowing of the arteries and later heart disease risk," said Dr. Leonardo Trasande of the NYU School of Medicine.
Surveys have shown that by age six nearly 92 percent of children have some trace of BPA in their urine. The FDA banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups last year, but companies still use the chemical in aluminum cans.
"This study adds further concern for the FDA to reconsider its decision about not banning BPA from other food uses," Trasande said.
Trasande says reducing the amount of canned food families eat can help limit BPA exposure. Ramirez is already doing that.
"I don't buy canned vegetables. I buy organic," she said.
She says does whatever she can to keep her kids safe and healthy.
BPA exposure has also been linked to childhood obesity, hormone problems and asthma.
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