A survey of over 250 canned food brands allowed Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers to discover that more than 44% of them use cans that have been lined with bisphenol-A or BPA. The number could even be higher because there are almost 110 brands that did not provide enough information.
What’s So Wrong about BPA?
BPA is used to manufacture polycarbonate plastics and can be in many things we use every day, such as:
- Dental sealants
- Paper receipts
Now, it has been confirmed that many canned foods have the chemical as well. Many other studies have shown that almost every population in the whole world has traces of BPA in the body. Researchersbelieve that the food we eat is the chief way for the chemical to reach our bodies. For instance, canned foods with the tin can lined with BPA can leach out of the lining and go to the food.
Unfortunately, exposure to BPA can cause several illnesses. The hormone-disrupting chemical has been linked to so many health problems, including:
- Reproductive problems
- Developmental problems
- Cardiovascular disease
What the chemical does is it mimics estrogen and this can cause disturbance in a person’s endocrine system. What’s even worse is that even after BPA is metabolized by the body, it can still cause obesity, according to the research reported by the Environmental Health News.
Among the canned food brands that were discovered to be BPA-free are:
- Annie’s Homegrown
- Amy’s Kitchen
- Sprouts Farmers Market
Meanwhile, those that use BPA are:
- Target’s Market Pantry
- Eagle Brand
- Dinty Moore
Sadly, federal regulations don’t really require the brands to disclose to the public about the linings, whether or not they are lined with BPA. The EWG used data from LabelINSIGHT, which is a company that compiles supermarket information in the United States. Additionally, a canned food product can announce itself as BPA-free, but this does not mean it really doesn’t contain the chemical in the can linings.
Consumers should also note that even if a product is BPA-free, it could have other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Many organizations have found that the foods packaged these days, along with personal care products, cookware, furniture, household cleaners, and other building materials can contain EDCs. The effective way to avoid being exposed to BPA and EDC-laden food products is to avoid heavily processed foods. Go for organic foods and just stay away from anything with plastics as much as possible.