Canned food is a staple in many households, as it is versatile, convenient, and can be stored for long periods of time. While canned food can be a great option, there is one potential issue that should be considered: BPA (Bisphenol A). BPA is a chemical that can leach from the lining of cans into the food contained within them. It has been linked to numerous health risks, so it’s important to know if the canned food you’re eating contains BPA.
What Is BPA?
BPA is an industrial chemical used in the production of certain plastics and resins. It was first synthesized in 1891 and has been used commercially since 1957. It has been used for many different applications, including plastic containers for food and beverages, plastic linings of metal cans, and dental sealants.
Is BPA Dangerous?
The jury is still out on this one; some studies have linked exposure to BPA with adverse health effects such as altered hormone levels, reproductive problems, and cancer. However, more research needs to be done before any definitive conclusions can be reached. What is known is that BPA can leach from certain plastic materials into foods or beverages stored in those containers; this means that ingesting foods or beverages containing even low levels of BPA could potentially expose you to its effects.
How Can You Tell if Canned Food Has BPA?
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell if canned food contains BPA; the only way to definitively know would be to contact the manufacturer and ask them directly about their use of BPA in their products. However, there are still steps you can take to reduce your exposure to this potentially hazardous chemical:
- Look for cans with “BPA-free” labels.
- Choose fresh or frozen foods over canned whenever possible.
- Opt for glass jars or pouches instead of cans.
- Choose products made from stainless steel or other non-plastic materials.
It can be difficult to know whether canned food contains BPA or not. The best way to tell would be to contact the manufacturer directly; however, there are still steps you can take to reduce your exposure such as looking for “BPA-free” labels on cans, opting for fresh or frozen foods over canned whenever possible, choosing glass jars or pouches instead of cans and selecting products made from stainless steel or other non-plastic materials.