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.
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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