BPA

  1. BPA-free food still contains BPA

    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)

  2. The most BPA-laden foods, revealed!

    Kick the canned food habit... and banish dangerous chemicals from your body

    Just last month, I warned you about the dangers of a chemical called BPA seeping into your meals from those "microwave safe" plastic containers.

    BPA has been linked to everything from diabetes to developmental disorders -- not to mention the way it can throw your body's entire hormone system out of whack.

    And while we've known for some time that BPA is also used in the packaging of foods on the shelves at the supermarket, new research shows just how prevalent it is -- and which packaged foods are the worst offenders.

    In fact, it turns out that two out of every three canned food items are contaminated with BPA.

    And that's just one of the MANY reasons why I've been urging you to avoid processed, packaged foods altogether.

    And a study recently published in Environment Research shows how much of those toxic chemicals end up in not only the food you eat... but also YOUR BODY.

    In fact, the urine of people who regularly eat canned soups can have a concentration of BPA that's a whopping 229 PERCENT HIGHER than that of those who never eat canned foods.

    And it's not just soups and pastas in cute little shapes -- because canned veggies and fruits had the next-highest levels of BPA on the recently-released list.

    The study mentioned that canned beverages, meats, and fish contain the least amount of BPA -- but when it comes down to it, there really is no SAFE amount of BPA.

    Besides, those processed meats and fish that come in cans contain chemical preservatives, coloring agents, sweeteners, and all sorts of other junk that make them unsafe -- even if the label claims that they're BPA-free!

    And if you're drinking soft drinks, you've got more to worry about than BPA -- because as I've shared with you before, sodas and diet sodas are loaded with either high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners that link them to diabetes, heart disease, and more.

    But you can practically eliminate your exposure to BPA from the foods you eat by ditching processed, packaged foods and switching to an all-natural diet, like Paleo.

    This "back to basics" approach to eating ensures you eat only fresh, organic foods -- and within days, your body's BPA levels will drop significantly!

    If you're already cooking fresh meals, but you're storing and heating leftovers, don't use plastic cookware or storage containers. Some companies have replaced BPA with bisphenol-S (BPS) or bisphenol-F (BPF) -- neither which are safe alternatives, because a study earlier this year found they both disrupt your hormones much like BPA does.

    Use glass or stainless steel instead.

  3. BPA-free not as safe as you think

    A new study out of UCLA shows that products that are no longer manufactured with BPA aren’t necessarily any safer.
  4. Bisphenol-A is linked to prostate tumors

    Uncle Sam says a lifetime of bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure won't do you any harm, so why did mice develop prostate cancer after just 14 days? A shocking new study on BPA, which has already been linked to heart disease, should be the nail in the coffin for this dangerous plastic hardener.
  5. BPA can trigger migraines

    The estrogen-like chemical BPA used in plastics and can linings can cause and worsen migraines, according to a study on rats.
  6. Hormone crisis leads to early puberty

    Girls are going through puberty earlier than ever, and excess estrogen from excess weight is partly to blame.
  7. BPA-free products could be just as bad

    BPS, a common substitute for BPA, has the same damaging effect on the cells, according to new research.
  8. BPA in new heart risk

    BPA, the chemical used in plastic packages and can linings, can up your odds of coronary artery disease.
  9. The chemical replacing BPA is just as bad

    BPA-free plastics aren't as safe as you'd think, with many containing a chemical that's similar to -- and as dangerous as -- the one you're trying to avoid.
  10. The chemical that's giving you heart disease

    The hormone-like chemical I've been warning you about -- the BPA found in plastic bottles, food wrappers, can linings and more -- can leech into your food and drink and give you heart disease, according to a new study.

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