farmer knows best: BPA in canned foods…

planet green just posted this article on the 7 foods so unsafe even a farmer wouldn’t eat them (not sure i understand the headline – are farmers known for eating anything?). i quickly want to post this because one of the items on the list is my beloved canned tomatoes.

The Expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A.

The Reason: Tin cans are lined with a resin that contains the synthetic estrogen bisphenol-A, which has been linked to a slew of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, reproductive problems, and obesity. But that’s not the biggest problem. The acid in tomatoes breaks down that bisphenol-A, leaching it into the food, and not just in insignificant amounts. According to the article, Saal comments that “you can get 50 mcg of BCA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young.” That’s why he’s not touching the stuff.
The Solution: If you love the taste of “canned” tomatoes but prefer to skip the bisphenol-A, select glass bottles instead.

the rest of the list:

corn-fed beef, microwave popcorn, conventionally grown (non-organic) potatoes, farmed salmon, milk produced with artificial hormones, conventionally grown apples – i’m safe with those but my diced organic tomatoes are a staple in my pantry, and obviously won’t be any longer.

a must read is organic grace’s post with a list of well known brands and their stance on BPA in cans.  according to simple steps, buying canned goods from eden foods or in glass or aseptic cartons are safe choices.

update: the huffington post tell us about more everyday sources of BPA in our daily life. and the soft landing baby has two BPA-free tomato recommendations.

update2: care2 has an informative post about BPA and how to limit your exposure. care2 also wrote about what the food companies are trying to do (slowly) to deal with consumer pushback and getting BPA out of our food supply.

update3: treehugger lists 7 companies you can trust to be BPA-free.

living in a modern world, it is a constant journey to stay informed!

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5 responses to “farmer knows best: BPA in canned foods…

  1. kim

    i wish there was enough salmon. i remember the days where i could eat it freely but it’s been a long, long time. I think the only time we do eat it now is when it’s farmed. fewer and further between nowadays though. sigh. atleast i’m getting skinny reading this and finding all the foods i don’t eat anymore. back to the garden!

    • hi kim,

      i know what you mean! it gets harder and harder to figure out what is safe and what is not – at first, i was shocked to realize my handy, ever-ready tomatoes were a culprit in the pantry. but then, if i stopped to think about it, it makes total sense. i’m with you – it’s back to the garden (luckily every season my boyfriend plants tomatoes, we have so many, we end up giving a lot away to friends)…but this time, i’ll be learning to jar them!

      thanks for your comment,

  2. Sara

    Thank you so much for posting this! We are also safe with everything on the list except the tomatoes which we eat TONS of! Argh! I avoid BPA at all costs so this is really disturbing to me, but I’m glad to know what to avoid in the future.

    • hi sara,

      i’m going to check out the eden foods canned tomatoes. the company is super aware of BPA issues and i think at a few cents more per can, will be worth it! i cannot imagine my pantry going without tomatoes at the ready…i also remember using “pomi” tomatoes when i was in paris, so i’ll look into that as well.

      thanks so much for your comment!

  3. mayo

    yeah “kim” I’m exhausted keeping up with it all!

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