Nutrition and Healing
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  • Don’t judge a can by its label

    You’ve probably been hearing about a toxic chemical called BPA for quite some time now.

    And you may have even thought you’d be safe from it if you just chose “BPA-free” products instead.

    But a new study shows that you can’t judge a can by its label.

    Researchers at University of Missouri fed dogs either “regular” canned dog food (which may or may not contain BPA, but probably does) or canned dog food that was supposedly “BPA-free,” according to its label.

    After just two weeks, BPA levels had nearly tripled… in BOTH groups of dogs.

    That’s right, there was NO difference in effect between the two types of canned dog food because they BOTH raised the levels of BPA in the dogs’ bloodstream by the SAME AMOUNT.

    And if that’s true with what we feed our pups, what about our own meals we get out of a can?

    In the past few years we’ve only just begun learning the truth about BPA and the products that it can be found in — not only the lining of canned foods, but also plastic food containers and even the paper your receipts are printed on.

    The problem with BPA is that it’s an endocrine-disrupting chemical that actually mimics estrogen — and that can wreak havoc on your health no matter if you’re a man or a woman.

    EDC’s been linked with breast, prostate, and thyroid cancer, as well as issues with fertility and sexual development and neurological problems in children.

    The feds have made some half-hearted attempts to reduce the use of BPA (particularly in baby bottles and sippy cups). But the truth is, some companies just replace BPA with other endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have the EXACT same dangers, like BPS.

    Don’t take any chances. Skip the packaged food altogether.

    While many foods are available to buy in glass jars rather than cans, there may still be BPA used on the lining of a metal lid. Remember that the “organic” designation actually has nothing to do with packaging — so while the food may have been raised without pesticides, it’s not necessarily chemical-free.

    The rule of thumb is: Don’t buy it if it comes in a bag or a box or a bottle or a can or a carton. Walk right past the canned food aisle and go straight to the fresh produce section. Freeze what you won’t use right away.

    Finally, make sure you’re not getting BPA from what you’re storing your fresh food in. Ditch your plastic food storage containers (and NEVER microwave them) and invest in a new set of glass ones with silicone lids.

    Sources:
    Canned food may boost BPA levels in dogs: Study
    (consumer.healthday.com)

    Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease
    (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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