Kick canned foods to the curb! Eating just one 18.5-ounce serving of canned soup a day for five days raised diner’s levels of BPA by more than 1,000 percent.
BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical linked to heart disease, obesity, and some cancers. It is used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics – in the form of food and drink packaging including water and baby bottles – and epoxy resins – found in metal products including food cans, bottle tops, and water supply pipes.
The National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services also says it has “some concern” about the possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
In other words, it’s definitely time to kick the can! Opt for products in glass packaging over canned when you can, and when you can’t, look for BPA-free brands usually found in the organic section of your grocery store.