Friday, November 13, 2009

Canned Food Carries a Hidden Health Risk

Canned Food Carries a Hidden Health Risk
The linings of canned food and vegetables may be exposing us to plastic chemicals that pose a serious health threat.
By Emily Main Link to full article below

Eat fresh vegetables and homemade soups, reheat your food in glass, and tell your congressman to regulate plastic chemicals.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Your can of soup may the last place where you'd expect to find plastic chemicals. But thanks to an epoxy liner commonly used to prevent canned products from reacting to the metal, everything from canned fruit to canned salmon to canned peas is exposed to plastic chemicals for as long as it remains on the shelf. And that could be exposing you to a risk that's been largely ignored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The liner is manufactured with a chemical called
bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to a variety of health problems, including hormone disruption, prostate cancer, diabetes, and obesity, as well as aggressive behavior in children. A new analysis by Consumer Reports confirms that BPA that lines cans ends up in the food that we eat.

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