Eat Frozen, Not Canned

It’s been on my mind for some time now about canned foods. There was a time about 8 years ago when I only purchased white-lined canned products. I’ve long since gotten out of that habit, more for price and convenience than anything else. Then when I recently posted Do You Know What You’re Eating? it got me thinking again about canned items. It’s not just the canned mushrooms that are at risk, it’s all canned foods. There is something called BPA in your canned foods and it’s not good. In fact, if you once thought that white-lined cans were the way to go, you’re in for an education- just as I was.

Trader Joe's canned beans = Free from BPA 🙂

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products.

How is BPA used?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance plastic that possesses a unique balance of toughness, optical clarity, high heat resistance, and excellent electrical resistance. Because of these attributes, polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products including digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs), electrical and electronic equipment, automobiles, sports safety equipment, reusable food and drink containers , and many other products.

BPA is also used in the production of epoxy resins. Epoxy resins have many uses including engineering applications such as electrical laminates for printed circuit boards, composites, paints and adhesives, as well as in a variety of protective coatings. Cured epoxy resins are inert materials used as protective liners in metal cans to maintain the quality of canned foods and beverages, and have achieved wide acceptance for use as protective coatings because of their exceptional combination of toughness, adhesion, formability, and chemical resistance.

 Follow this link for a list of canned foods, both those with and without BSA.  There are also lots of resource websites and research information available.

*** I must give my personal opinion here that in order to be truly healthy – moving away from all canned foods is best. While I applaud that companies are beginning to replace the BPA in their can lining. Whatever they have replaced the BPA with is untested on humans longterm.  A recent study found that virtually ALL plastics release hormone disruptors at some level {looks like I need to toss my plastic food storage containers and get glass ones.} Look for glass jars or can your own. Remember also that often times frozen is even better than fresh. If you are not able to participate in a veggie co-op or buy from local farmers, than frozen is the way to go, especially over canned.

Look for post #2 today: The Story of A Canned Pea.

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