Ah, the wonder of canned food. Whip it open, heat it up…and voilà, your meal is served. What’s wrong with this picture?
When Consumer Reports performed tests of canned foods including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans. They found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). The canned organic foods they tested did not always have lower BPA levels than nonorganic brands of similar foods analyzed. And they even found the chemical in some products in cans that were labeled “BPA-free.”
More than 100 peer-reviewed studies have found BPA to be toxic at low doses. BPA is a synthetic estrogen and commonly used to strengthen plastic and line food cans. As Nicholas D. Kristof points out in an Op-Ed in The New York Times, scientists have linked it, though not conclusively, to everything from breast cancer to obesity, from attention deficit disorder to genital abnormalities in boys and girls alike. It also has a negative effect on your libido!
Consumer Reports states that a 165-pound adult eating one serving of canned green beans from the test sample, could ingest about 80 times more BPA than their experts’ recommended upper daily limit. Children eating multiple servings per day of canned foods with BPA levels comparable to the ones they found in some tested products could get a dose of BPA approaching levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies.
So how to get around an item that has become an indispensable in the pantries of most? Here are six ways to beat the cans.