Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in many consumer products, including canned food. It has been linked to a number of health concerns, including reproductive issues and impaired brain development in children and fetuses. As such, it is important to take steps to avoid BPA exposure from canned food.
Choose BPA-Free Canned Food
A number of manufacturers now offer cans made without BPA. Look for the label “BPA-free” on the packaging or check the website of the company producing the food. You can also use the Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores database to find canned goods produced without BPA.
Choose Fresh or Frozen Foods
When possible, opt for fresh or frozen versions of canned goods instead of their shelf-stable counterparts. Most fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, poultry, seafood, and meat do not contain any BPA. Avoiding processed foods altogether is another good way to reduce your exposure to BPA in canned goods.
Switch to Glass Containers
Glass jars can be a great alternative to cans for storing food since they do not contain any BPA. Mason jars are widely available and relatively inexpensive; plus, you can reuse them over and over again for a more sustainable option compared to disposable cans or plastic containers.
Go for Foods with Short Ingredient Lists
Canned goods with simple ingredients are less likely to contain any additives that may contain BPA or other harmful chemicals. Whenever possible try to buy foods with shorter ingredient lists that don’t include preservatives or artificial colors and flavors.
Avoiding BPA exposure from canned food is important for your health. The best ways to reduce your risk are by choosing BPA-free cans when possible, opting for fresh or frozen foods instead of shelf-stable products, switching from cans to glass containers when possible, and buying foods with simple ingredients lists.