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6 Thanksgiving Staples That Contain BPA

6 Thanksgiving Staples That Contain BPA
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Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally published on November 17, 2011. Enjoy!

I have been commissioned by my mother to order the Thanksgiving turkey, a task that I, a vegetarian since I was 13 years old — and, therefore, a non-eater of turkey for almost 30 years — performed rather pathetically at the grocery store earlier today. The rest of the Thanksgiving meal shopping for our household still has to be done, but there are some staples to avoid as they test positive for BPA.

The Breast Cancer Fund tested a number of canned Thanksgiving staples and found some disquieting results:

For half of the products tested, a single 120-gram serving of the food contains enough BPA to show adverse health impacts in lab studies. Have some pumpkin pie after your green bean casserole and gravy, and the amount of BPA delivered to each holiday diner adds up to a concerning chemical dose.

BPA levels in the canned foods we tested were all over the map, even among cans of the same product made by the same company.

What follows are the seven canned Thanksgiving staples that the Breast Cancer Fund tested for BPA and a suggestion for a healthy alternative. The seventh item was not found to have BPA, though the company that makes it said that it does use BPA in the cans.

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3:43AM PST on Feb 21, 2015

Thanks for sharing

2:46AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

I have always made my own gravy. Now I always make my own cranberry sauce. It's VERY easy to do!

3:59PM PST on Nov 15, 2014

Doesn't surprise me... always better to use companies who don't use cans with BPA or fresh alternatives. ty for the info tho

1:07AM PST on Nov 12, 2014


2:43PM PST on Nov 11, 2014

Hint hint...fresh green beans, gravy from the turkey drippings, fresh corn, fresh pumpkin, are ya gettin my drift?

12:18PM PST on Nov 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:18PM PST on Nov 11, 2014

Good to take note of, thank you. x

10:36AM PST on Nov 11, 2014

Good to know,thanks for sharing

9:57AM PST on Nov 11, 2014


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