It’s time to kick the can!

I’ve kicked the can.   The BPA (bisphenol A) lined can that is.   image

BPA first came to my attention a few years ago when they decided that it was dangerous enough to ban it from baby bottles.   BIG sign that it’s probably bad stuff.    But the majority of food producers are still using this as a component in the lining of our canned foods.

So what is BISPHENOL A ?   Per Webster:  an industrial chemical compound C15H16O2 that is a component of several commercially useful types of plastic.

Where is it found?   The lining in canned foods, plastic containers (especially those marked with #7 recycling symbols, but in others as well) and even in the paper used for thermal cash register receipts.   It’s also found in some dental fillings.

Why is it so bad?  BPA is endocrine-disrupting chemical that has been linked to fetal/child development issues (possibly even ADHD and Autism),  heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disease and liver issues.    It also thought to be linked to fertility issues, breast and prostate cancer and numerous other chronic diseases.   In fact, the World Health Organization has recently called endocrine-disruptors a “Global Threat.”

I encourage you to read “The Global Threat Lurking in Your Kitchen,”  published by Rodale.    This article further discusses BPA and other endocrine-disruptors and the effects that they are having on our bodies.

Some ways to avoid it

  • Limit or simply don’t eat canned food unless you know the company has a specific NO-BPA stance ( Eden Organics does.   Muir Glen is rumored to but does not specifically state it on their website.  My Trader Joe’s manager claims some of their products are, but that they do not label – so how can you tell!)
  • Avoid all plastics labeled with the #7 recycling seal.
  • Use as little plastic as possible around your food.   Consider switching food storage to glass or stainless steel.   If you choose to continue using plastics, make sure they are labeled as BPA free.
  • Don’t microwave in plastic.   Plastic may breakdown and leach components into your food.
  • Talk to your dentist about what’s in your current fillings and any new ones.  
  • Say “no thank you” to the receipt.   Especially at the gas pump or anywhere else that thermal paper is used.    You can absorb BPA through your skin too.

Resources / Further Reading

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