Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a toxic chemical that we’ve covered a few times before. Sean explained that you need to be careful with canned foods and why a switch to a stainless steel water bottle may be in your favor. Ruth also covered how BPA can ruin your sex life quicker than being an unapologetic cat lover.
Hopefully the previous posts caused you to perhaps change your water bottle or take a closer look at the tupperware you store and reheat your food in. However, when cooking at home it’s tough to completely avoid canned foods and those are a huge area of BPA exposure. So what do you want to look for to minimize risk?
Chris Kresser over at the Healthy Skeptic recently posted on a favorite ingredient of mine — coconut milk — and why it can have some risks.
BPA especially leaches into canned foods that are acidic, salty or fatty, such as coconut milk, tomatoes, soup, and vegetables.
As he mentions, tomatoes are particularly of concern due to their acidic nature. The Muir Glen brand switched to BPA-free cans for their tomatoes as of last summer. Safe alternatives are items canned in glass jars or aseptic packaging (the cardboard-like containers that look like oversized juice boxes).
On a final note, those of you who still drink soda (yes, even diet!), probably are aware they almost all come in plastic bottles these days. Almost all soda is quite acidic, regardless of the sugar content, and will be gradually leaching that BPA into your beverage. Kinda takes the joy out of that jack and coke, doesn’t it?