Is Canned Food a Health Hazard?

When is the last time you have prepared dinner using something out of a can? What was on your family’s table this past Thanksgiving? Picture a steaming bowl of turkey gravy, or sweet corn perhaps? How about a delicious side serving of toxins to go with that meatloaf? Well, that is exactly what seems to be hiding in canned foods.

Conventional, quick and easy to heat- canned foods have taken over the average kitchen by storm. However, recent studies suggest that homes known to put canned foods on their menu (which is very common around the holidays), may be ingesting something else along with their green beans: substantial amounts of BPA (a venomous chemical substance, scientifically known as Bisphenol A).

It is used in the production of plastics and resins- one in particular that is common as a lining of metal-based cans). In all actuality, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), stated that a person’s BPA levels can reach higher than 1,200% by eating just ONE canned food item a day! Now, how shocking is that?! This really raises concern in health officials’ eyes. What’s worse is the fact that it’s unknown as to what such an elevation means to your health. Scientists of animal studies call it a hormone disruptor. BPA has been associated with countless medical ailments and brain-development issues; i.e. cancer, heart disease, diabetes, enlarged prostate glands, and hyperactivity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that signs of BPA are visible in over 90% of Americans at any noted time. How does this stuff even get into our bodies? Simply by contaminating the canned goods we eat or drink.

Don’t can the soup

Let’s refer back to the JAMA study I mentioned earlier. Done by Harvard University researchers with the help of 75 students (assigned into two arbitrary groups) to test exactly how much BPA was in a can of soup. Each cluster of students was given 12 ounces of soup at lunch only for 5 days (group

#1: general brand of canned vegetarian soup; group

#2: vegetarian soup cooked from un-canned, fresh ingredients).

Each group then switched soups after a two-day ‘cleanse’ for another 5 days (break due to research implying that the human body breaks down and excretes BPA within two days). Urine tests recorded after each week discovered a shocking BPA increase of about 1,221.

Cheaper Re-packaging, Anyone?

This label is usually stamped on high-priced foods, select plastic bottles and Tupperware. Although when viewed from a low-income family’s stand-point this can become a concern. High products are bypassed similar items are marketed for less. Living in an area of limited resources can also play a big part. So until food manufacturers become more hands-on with controlling what’s used in the packaging of food, try investing in the ‘more-less’ theory: more fresh, organic foods; less canned products, especially with children in the home (unborn included). Yes it’s true, organic foods are sometimes more expensive than canned foods, but in the end, you will save a fortune on pills, tablets and medical care.

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