BPA-free? Help!

In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance.  It is what lines most cans and is used by manufacturers as a preservative.  It is estrogenic and BAD for you.

“While the FDA said last year that there is cause for concern over BPA’s potential effect on children.” they are still studying the effects and recommend reducing exposure?  “The FDA encouraged people to limit their exposure to BPA while public health officials are studying the issue.”

Frederick vom Saal, a biology professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia who is recognized as the leading researcher on BPA, says he does not eat or drink anything out of cans because almost all cans made in the United States are lined with BPA.

He recommends that consumers look for products marked “BPA-free,” which are getting easier to find in stores.  (Though I haven’t had much luck…)

“If a plastic container is hard and clear and doesn’t say ‘BPA-free,’ assume it’s made with BPA and don’t buy it,” suggests vom Saal, who uses only plastics marked on the bottom with recycling codes 2 and 5.

“Anything you can do to reduce the amount of BPA in your body will lower your risk of disease.”

The entire article can be read at the SF Gate, online magazine of the San Francisco chronicle.

A few Resources for jarred foods and information:

Euphoria Blog has done some research and shows that for .75 more per 12 ounce jar of canned tomato paste, you can avoid the can!

Crunch Chicken Blog has a great article on the quest for BPA free products.

The Soft Landing has a round up of products and a follow up on BPA products.

Garden of Eating has great info too.

Trader Joe’s in Bixby Knolls hasn’t carried Pomi products for some time, which is disappointing in that it was a staple item and BPA free.  TJs says all their boxed products are BPA free though, so I guess we can find something to eat and feel good about.  

The obvious solution is fresh whole food and home canning, which I plan do really dig in to this year!

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