Mr. Yuck would not approve of the following information.
A new study just came out stating that BPA is found in most cans. A lot of people are aware of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). You know, the chemical found in things made from plastic. So now if you go buy a plastic bottle you see the little BPA-free stickers all over the bottles:
Well apparently BPA is found in the lining of cans, some plastics, some polycarbonate bottles, and cash register receipts (random, right?). Well a lot of people know about BPA being found in plastic bottles but the new study talks about the effects of BPA in canned goods.
A small study released on Tuesday found that 46 out of 50 cans tested had traces of Bisphenol A — more commonly referred to as BPA. Source
Read an article about the study (it’s really short and easy to understand – always good when dealing with scientific studies!). Mike and I have heard over the years that plastic packaging and cans can leak into your food (gross I know) so we have tried to avoid buying those items. We buy salmon but get Chicken of the Sea Salmon (wild caught) in packets:
We also buy any tomato item (pasta sauce) in jars, parmesan cheese in glass jars:
And really other than that and the occasional random purchase (artichoke hearts, but again we buy those in glass jars) we try not to purchase anything else that would come in cans or plastic containers. Personally, it’s really scary knowing that all of these things are still being sold in stores and so many people are unaware of the potential risks they can bring.
The chemical BPA is an endocrine disruptor that has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animal studies at levels of 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight and higher, though it remains uncertain if the same effects cross over to humans, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Source
So even though the effects on humans are not completely known I’d rather not risk it. I’ll be sticking to glass jars or passing on buying the product. No thank you Progresso and Spaghetti O’s. I’ll be sticking with glass or making it on my own! (Definitely helps that a lot of gross, unnatural foods come in plastic containers or cans. All the more reason to avoid them!).