BPA in Canned Foods
Last weekend a friend asked me about beans and whether I only buy them uncooked and cook them myself, or if I buy canned. Well, surprisingly, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve cooked them from scratch, just because I find the canned ones such a timesaver. However, I make sure not to buy just any canned products as not all are equal! So for today’s Nutrition Tip Tuesday, I thought I’d shed some light on canned foods, BPA and why you should watch which products you’re purchasing.
What is BPA?
BPA is a chemical that has been used for decades in plastics and as a coating of the inside of metal products, like cans. There is quite a bit of research that shows that small amounts of the BPA can seep into food from the container (which to me makes sense!). A study conducted by Harvard showed that eating a serving of canned soup was enough to spike blood BPA levels by 1200%!
Why Avoid BPA:
So, why is this an issue? BPA tends to have the worst risks for developing fetuses, babies and younger children, however as BPA is a hormone disruptor, it has been linked to the following health issues in adults:
- Reduced testosterone (and in turn sperm count) in males
- Reduced female egg production
- Tooth decay
- Heart disease
- Brain function (particularly for a developing baby if pregnant mother has high BPA levels)
What To Buy:
In North America, for canned products, I highly recommend you buy Eden Organics, or look for an equivalent brand that states “ BPA free”. Eden Organics is in all the mainstream grocery stores these days, either in the regular canned food section or the organic section.