One of the reasons I am doing this food blog is because most canned foods are lined with a resin that contains bis-phenol-A (BPA), which easily migrates into the food we eat. 

The important thing to know about BPA is that while it can easily disrupt your endocrine system, it doesn’t stay in your body very long. If you have BPA in your body, you can easily lessen levels by eliminating your exposure. And if you eat canned food—even organic—cutting out those canned foods is a great place to start.

I used to think that commercial foods canned in glass didn’t contain BPA because the food wasn’t in cans. Until I talked to a woman at a farmer’s market one day about her “fresh” pasta sauce and found out it was made with only the finest Italian canned tomatoes.

Is BPA really in the food? A study done in 2010 found that BPA was detected in 92% of canned foods tested.

Canned food companies claim that BPA is safe and necessary to protect food from metal corrosion and bacterial contamination. But hundreds of scientific studies show health effects from even low exposures to BPA, including cancer, abnormal behavior, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, developmental and reproductie harm, obesity, and early puberty.

This excellent study gives detailed information on health effects of BPA, where it is found in canned foods, and how much expsoure to BPA you can actually get from eating canned foods over the course of a day. Remember too, many restaurants and take-out places use a lot of canned foods–perhaps even more than you would use at home.

The solution is to make your own meals at home from fresh organic ingredients. And that’s why I’m doing this blog, to help you make delicious meals at home that you and your family will love, that are free of toxic chemicals.

No Silver Lining: An Investigation into Bisphenol A in Canned Foods

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