A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences Journal says that Bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastic containers and drink cans, can negatively affect the intestines' functioning, Agence France-Presse reported.

French researchers looked at the digestive tract of rats and saw that the rodents reacted badly to low doses of BPA, according to the report.

The study was also conducted on human intestine cells, and researchers discovered that BPA lowered the intestines' permeability, as well as the immune system's response to inflammation.

BPA has been linked to many serious health problems, including, but not limited to, breast cancer, obesity and the early onset of puberty.

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