We all eat canned food, it's something at we are all used to and comfortable with. It's super convenient and most of us couldn’t imagine doing without at least one item that comes in a can. Canned foods have been around for generations so why is it a problem now? The answer is a resin coating that lines the cans. Almost all food cans are lined with a resin that contains Bisphenol A (BPA). That means that BPA, an endocrine disruptor which can mimic estrogen, may leach into the food in those cans and then into the people eating that food.
From the Mayo Clinic’s website:… the National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services says it has "some concern" about the possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance but unfortunately, still allows BPA in cans. So how can I avoid BPA?
|Can your own tomatoes or buy them in jars.|
- Buy BPA-free cans. Yes, luckily, there are some companies that are starting to change to BPA free cans. For example, Native Forest, Eden Organic, Vital Choice, Whole Foods and Trader Joes all have some BPA free products. However, they don't label them as BPA-free and some products still have BPA, making it very difficult know what has it and what doesn't. I suggest checking their websites to get more information before hitting the grocery store.
- Freeze or can your own foods. When your favourite fruit and vegetables are in in season buy them in large quantities, can or freeze them and stock up for the year. To cut down on the work and up the fun get together with a friend or two and make a day of it.
- Buy things like dried beans and cook them as needed or make a big batch and freeze them for convenience (see my post on cooking beans from scratch – click here)
- Buy convenience foods like pasta sauce in a jar rather than in a can. Be sure to check the list of ingredients to avoid GMOs and unpronounceable chemicals (see my post on GMOs for a list of what to avoid).
For me the most difficult item to give up is tomato paste because even those metal tubes of the stuff have BPA in them! I’m going to try making my own tomato paste and will let you know how that goes. What is your most difficult canned food to give-up? Let us know how you worked around it. We all benefit when we share our ideas, leave yours below in the comments. Thanks!
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