Food Cans can Elevate BPA Levels by 1000%
If you eat a lot of canned foods be sure the cans are BPA-free. That’s because Bisphenol-A from plastic lined cans will increase our body’s levels of BPA by as much as 1000 percent.
Harvard researchers study cans and BPA
A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that cans lined with bisphenol-A – also called BPA – can increase circulating levels of BPA by as much as ten times – or 1000%.
The study, published in 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, gave 75 volunteers either a 12-ounce canned vegetable soup or a fresh vegetable soup each day for five days. At the end of the five days, the researchers tested the urine of each subject.
Those who ate the canned soups had over ten times the levels of BPA in their urine than those who ate the fresh soups.
What’s wrong with BPA?
Bisphenol-A has received increasing research attention over the past decade. Research has found that BPA is a potent hormone disruptor. This is because of the possibility that once in the body, it can mimic our body’s own hormones, and attach to our hormone receptors. This essentially disrupts the reception and production of our body’s natural hormones, which can affect our moods and metabolism.
While most of the evidence has come from animal studies, hormone disruption in humans was illustrated in a 2011 study among 44 women undergoing in vitro fertilization. The study showed that higher BPA levels were associated with reduced levels of estradiol.
Abnormal brain development and behavioral changes are now being suspected as new possible side effects of BPA overdosing. A review from the Japan’s Toho University Laboratory of Neuroscience revealed data that showed a possible link between BPA and abnormal brain development.
Not all cans have BPA
However, not all cans contain BPA. A 2000 study done by British researchers took 62 canned foods off the shelves, and detected BPA among 38 of the 62 using a detection limit of .002 mg kg(-1).
Furthermore, many food brands have switched their can linings away from BPA – and will often list this on the label. In addition, canning healthy foods, if done correctly, has been shown to provide a substantial means for preserving nutrients.
BPA has also been found in many foods packed in plastic packaging.
Here are eight ways to reduce BPA in the body.
More information on natural cleansing and blood purification to help get the BPA out:
Carwile JL, Ye X, Zhou X, Calafat AM, Michels KB. Canned soup consumption and urinary bisphenol A: a randomized crossover trial. JAMA. 2011 Nov 23;306(20):2218-20.
Bloom MS, Kim D, Vom Saal FS, Taylor JA, Cheng G, Lamb JD, Fujimoto VY. Bisphenol A exposure reduces the estradiol response to gonadotropin stimulation during in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril. 2011 Sep;96(3):672-677.e2.
Masuo Y, Ishido M. Neurotoxicity of endocrine disruptors: possible involvement in brain development and neurodegeneration. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2011;14(5-7):346-69.
Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and a Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn our health around. As I drove home that night, I realized this knowledge should be available to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.”