There’s even more reason to eat fresh vegetables whenever possible. Consumer Reports just released the results of their Bisphenol A (BPA) tests of canned foods. Items tested include: soups, juice, tuna and green beans.
Sadly for consumers, almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contain measurable levels of BPA. The highest levels of BPA were found in canned green beans and canned soup. Even worse, some of the canned foods labeled “organic” or “BPA-free” were in the bad group! Vital Choice tuna in “BPA-free” cans contained an average 20 ppb (parts per billion) of BPA, while eco-favorite Eden had detectable levels of BPA in their canned baked beans (averaged 1 ppb).
Some example BPA findings from Consumer Reports:
- Progresso Vegetable Soup: 67 to 134 ppb
- Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup: 54.5 to 102 ppb
- Canned Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans Blue Lake: 35.9 ppb to 191 ppb (the big winner!)
While it may seem silly to some to debate on parts per billion, you have to keep in mind that it’s the cumulative effect of many foods consumed that’s harmful. For kids who drink Nestlé Juicy Juice in a can, parents should keep in mind that it averaged 9.7 ppb of BPA. Canned Similac liquid concentrate averaged 9 ppb of BPA, but there was no measurable BPA in the powdered version.
What’s the best alternative packaging?
Since so much food comes in plastic or metal cans, the wisest choices remain cooking from scratch or choosing foods packaged in safer materials like glass.
Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Technical Policy, at Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, said:
“Children eating multiple servings per day of canned foods with BPA levels comparable to the ones we found in some tested products could get a dose of BPA near levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies. The lack of any safety margin between the levels that cause harm in animals and those that people could potentially ingest from canned foods has been inadequately addressed by the FDA to date.”
The results of the BPA tests are in the December issue of Consumer Reports, and you can read more online. Consumer Reports notes that their tests reflect a snapshot of the marketplace and don’t provide a “general conclusion about the levels of BPA in any particular brand or type of product.”
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