A friend shared this article with me, and I need to share it with you.
BPA Levels Soar After Lunching On Canned Soup
The takehome: don't ever eat canned foods again. I'm not usually that extreme, but in this case I feel it's necessary. Truth is, on occasion I get my coconut milk from cans. After reading this article, that will stop now.
Basically these researchers found that urine levels of BPA jumped 1,221%. Yes, one THOUSAND percent. The study tested urine BPA levels in people who ate a serving of canned soup every day for five days. The average urine BPA level after 5 days of ONE serving of canned soup was 20.8 micrograms per liter of urine, whereas people who instead ate fresh soup had levels of 1.1 micrograms per liter. BPA was found 100% in those who at the canned soup, but only in 77% of those who ate fresh soup. Yikes!
BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical found as a byproduct in cans and hard plastics. Increased levels of BPA have been linked to cardiovascular disease, higher concentrations of liver enzymes and health and developmental problems in children whose mothers were exposed to BPA during their pregnancy's.
What to do: Avoid cans and hard plastics and only buy products in glass or boxed containers. Better yet, make fresh homemade foods! Be sure to store them in glass containers!