If you are out doing your routine grocery shopping you probably have your list of staples; milk, cheese, butter, cans of cream of mushroom soup for casseroles, cans of beans for salads, cans of fruit and so forth.
Like most Americans you figure this stuff is great for making healthy meals for your family or canned fruit is a good snack for your kids.
Although many people think that the real problem with canned foods is the sodium levels, and that by going low sodium they are mitigating any health issues relating to canned items, the real hidden danger is in the packaging itself, the can itself and a little thing called BPA or if you really want its technical term Bisphenol A.
If you’re like most of us you have probably heard the term, if you’re a parent then this is something as familiar as checking for high fructose corn syrup in your kids foods. This is the chemical compound used to make a certain type of plastic that was found in many baby toys, bottles etc. that were on the market just a few short years ago, and that’s just the really scary places it was found, that’s not mentioning the hundreds of thousands of other products its linked too.
And while manufactures have taken note with baby items and are producing their products BPA free, BPA still hangs around in abundance keeping close company with sealed and packed green beans and corn.
According to a recent study done by Consumer Reports magazine where they tested cans of vegetables, tuna, juice and soups ,of all the products they tested almost every single one came back with some form of BPA, including the organic stuff.
When I found out about this I was like really, come on, seriously? So many things come in cans, I thought I was doing okay by giving my kid organic canned no salt added green beans when fresh wasn’t in season, instead here are the lessons I came away with after doing a little research of my own :
1.) Every time you feed your kid veggies out of a can, unless it is marked BPA free, they are getting a good dose of a chemical used to make plastic and though this can be handled better by our grownup bodies, not saying it’s healthy for us adults, but it can actually be toxic to little growing ones.
2.) Tomatoes of any type including soup, pineapple, juice, etc., highly acidic foods seem to leak even higher levels of BPA into food; I know you’re thinking that’s lovely, thank you food manufacturers of America, thank you so much.
You make every effort to help your kids eat healthy and power their brain, especially when they are under 5 and their minds are growing the most. This is one of those things that you don’t think of but that is crazy once you learn about it, it’s just a tad (understatement) upsetting that it is not common knowledge, especially if you’re going organic.
So how do you find and buy non BPA foods without spending a fortune and or canning your own foods during the whole summer that you have off to sit around play crossword puzzles
1.) I mention this lot in other articles but go frozen with the veggies and the fruit if you can’t do fresh.
2.) Get glass whenever possible, instead of canned spaghetti sauce go with a glass jar.
3.) Look for BPA free cans, yes they are out there, try natural markets, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and sometimes even regular stores.
This is one of those things that hopefully you can do for the whole family but even if you just get the frozen, glass packed or BPA free canned stuff for the kids it’s worth knowing what’s going into their growing bodies.