Tuesday, January 31, 2012

NTM NEWS BRIEF: Toxic BPA levels increase by a shocking 1200% after eating canned foods

A recent Harvard study found that eating as little as one canned food item a day (they studied canned soup, but it could also be chickpeas, baby food, or any other canned food  or drink)  is enough to spike your BPA levels by more than 1,200 percent.

The study compared a group of individuals who ate a canned soup a day for 5 consecutive days and compared their BPA levels to a group of individuals who ate fresh soup for the same period of time.

“The magnitude of the rise in urinary BPA we observed after just one serving of soup was unexpected and may be of concern among individuals who regularly consume foods from cans or drink several canned beverages daily." concluded Karin Michels one of the study's senior authors.

The study, titled Canned Soup Consumption and Urinary Bisphenol A: A Randomized Crossover Trial was published in the Journal of American Medicine and is the  first to measure the BPA amounts that are ingested when people eat food that comes directly out of a can.

The study's author actually made note that the participants were given amounts of soup that were smaller than what people probably would consume at home. “One serving of soup is a not a lot,” she said. “They were actually telling us that that wasn’t even enough for their lunch.”

BPA can be found in the lining of canned foods and drinks (including most soda cans) as well as clear hard plastics labeled with the number '7' in the recycling triangle and most store receipts.

The article reminds us of the possible toxic side effects that BPA exposure might have on you and your family's health including:
  •  High urinary BPA levels have been strongly linked with heart disease and diabetes risk
  •  Prenatal BPA exposure is connected with a higher breast cancer risk later in life
  • New findings say prenatal BPA exposure can cause aggressiveness in toddlers  and asthma in babies
  • BPA can also impact fertility by damaging sperm health
 To read more on what BPA is and its potential harmful effects on us and our children read my post: The ABC's of BPA

To learn about easy ways to reduce your exposure to BPA read my blog post on How to Decrease BPA at Home: Non-Toxic Munchkin's 123's

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