Last week in my post I mentioned how I prefer to cook my beans from scratch to avoid the nasty stuff in canned foods such as sodium and BPA. This week’s post is about why you want to avoid canned foods and plastics containing BPA as much as you can.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A. The primary source of exposure to Bisphenol A is through your diet so there are ways to avoid it. BPA, of course, is a chemical, and is used to line the inside of food cans and is used in the production of plastic bottles such as the bottles you may purchase your convenient little bottles of water in.
Research shows that this BPA leaches into food and water stored in vessels made with this chemical. There is a huge concern with health effects of BPA relating to the brain, as well as how it may affect children.
Taking the following information from a Natural News article, it says that a study done at Harvard School of Public Health showed that those who ate 12 ounces of soup from a can each day for 5 days in a row raised urinary BPA levels by a whopping 1221 percent. That is huge. The study goes on to say that “the magnitude of the rise in Urinary BPA observed after just one serving of soup from a can was unexpected and may be of concern among individuals who regularly consume foods from cans or drink several canned beverages daily”.
Studies have shown that consuming BPA has it’s many side effects. Some of those problems are:
– High urinary BPA has been strongly linked to heart disease and diabetes.
– Prenatal BPA exposure is connected with higher breast cancer risk later in life. BPA has been shown to mimic estrogen. Tests have shown that this chemical can promote human breast cancer cell growth.
– Prenatal BPA exposure can cause aggressive behaviour in toddlers. The BPA in unborn babies and young children are what investigators are most worried about.
– BPA can impact fertility by damaging sperm health.
There are ways to avoid BPA in your household. First of all….seek products that label their containers as BPA FREE. There are several manufactures who are proud to advertise that their using healthier packaging so read the labels. Plastics marked with recycle codes on the bottom of the bottles with number 3 or 7 are probably made with BPA. Avoid canned foods as much as you can as most cans are lined with BPA containing resins. One biggy that I’m always talking about is STOP MICROWAVING PLASTIC CONTAINERS and stop putting plastic wrap over your food for microwaving. The plastic chemicals definitely leach into your food. When the plastics are exposed to heat the BPA leaches out 55 times faster then under normal conditions. Yikes. And another thing…..DO NOT LEAVE PLASTIC DRINKING WATER BOTTLES IN YOUR CAR when the weather is warm. That is a sure way to ingest BPA from the plastic.
One thing I have done and suggest to all of you…go to your hardware store or favorite kitchen store and purchase GLASS storage containers to use to store leftovers in. You can get a set of containers of different sizes for a reasonable price. I would also recommend using the glass containers for heating foods in the microwave. (Personally I would avoid the microwave all together but if you must use the microwave then ditch the plastic containers and plastic wrap for sure.
Regarding those plastic water bottles….get yourself a stainless steel bottle or glass bottle to carry your drinking water with you in your car. This is a much better and safer way to have water in your car in the warmth of summer.
There is plenty of research being conducted in high places regarding BPA and what it is doing to infants and children. My suggestion would be to try and avoid it all together.
Personally, I have chosen not to use any canned or plastic products. Just make the change and feel good that you are avoiding one more “toxic” chemical in our “toxic” world.