Don’t be fooled by the healthy looking labels and claims on the outside of soups and canned food. A recent study shows that those who consumed only one serving of canned soup for five days had a 1,000 percent increase in urinary BPA (Bisphenol A) in comparison with those who ate fresh soups each day for five days. BPA levels elevated as much as 13 times normal levels, and the study participants said that the amounts they were given to eat for the study were much smaller than they would have normally eaten for lunch, which means urinary BPA levels would have been even higher.
BPA is found in many canned foods and is a result of the chemicals used to prevent can corrosion. Some might remember the warnings that circulated awhile ago about water that is stored in certain hard plastics. Yes, this is the same ingredient and now it’s showing up as a concern in our canned foods as well.
Why is BPA a concern? The list is long, but initially it causes massive hormone disruption with serious problems such as ADHD, obesity, type 2 diabetes and early puberty among many other concerns. If people think the concerns are over exaggerated think about these statistics:
25 out of 100 African American girls, 10 out of 100 white girls, and 15 out of 100 Hispanic girls experience breast development as early as seven years old. The earlier a girl goes into puberty, the more at risk she is for developing breast cancer later in life.
One study researcher, Jenny Carwile states that for awhile it’s been known that drinking beverages stored in certain hard plastic containers have been known to elevate levels of BPA, but this study is suggesting that canned soups and other canned foods could be of much larger concern, especially since the use of canned foods is much wider spread.
A 2008 study of over 1400 participants showed that those with elevated urine levels of BPA were linked to problems such as elevated liver enzymes, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. This was after taking into account such factors as age and smoking.
The Harvard study suggests that food companies need to start looking for other ways to line their cans that don’t involve this potentially dangerous chemical. It is possible to do as Eden Foods have already shown in their BPA free canned foods.
Fresh is always best anyway, but now there are even more reasons to forego canned juices, sodas, fruits and vegetables. Let’s hope that these canned food companies look for an alternative for their cans rather than just hoping that there is no danger from BPA when studies are starting to prove otherwise.
- Canned soup ups BPA levels 1200 pc in urine (news.bioscholar.com)
- BPA levels soar after eating canned soup: Study – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- BPA levels skyrocket after eating canned soup (healthzone.ca)
- Can of Soup a Day Linked to High BPA Levels in Urine (webmd.com)
- Soaring BPA Levels Found in People Who Eat Canned Foods (livescience.com)