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Certain Canned Foods Contain High Levels of BPA Chemical Toxin


By the Whole Body Health Staff

The food processing world is reeling right now after a shocking new series of tests released in the current issue of Consumer Reports revealed that many leading brands of canned foods contain bisphenol-A (BPA)—a toxic
chemical linked to health risks including reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other problems.

BPA is used in the lining of cans, and the toxin leaches from the lining into the food. According to Consumer Reports, just a couple of servings of canned food can exceed scientific limits on daily exposure for children and expectant mothers.

But fetuses and infants are not the only ones at risk. Researchers are also finding that BPA exposure can affect teenagers and adults as well. There are more than 100 independent studies linking the chemical to serious disorders in humans, including: prostate cancer; breast cancer; diabetes;
early puberty; obesity; and learning problems.



According to the research doctors, “Based on the type of invader, your immune system activates either Th1 or Th2 cells to get rid of the pathogen. Th1 (T Helper 1) attacks organisms that get inside your cells, whereas Th2
(T Helper 2) goes after extracellular pathogens; organisms that are found outside the cells, in your blood and other body fluids.”

When your Th2 cells are over-activated, your immune system will over-respond to toxins, allergens, normal bacteria and parasites, and under-respond to viruses, yeast, cancer and intracellular bacteria.When one system activates, the other is blocked.


The chemical bisphenol-A, which has been used for years in making clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to BPA, which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of various other ailments.

Now Consumer Reports’ latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contain some BPA. Furthermore, the canned organic foods tested did not always have lower BPA levels than nonorganic brands of similar foods analyzed. Testers even found
the chemical in some products in cans that were labeled “BPA-free.”

The federal government is currently studying the dangers of BPA, and health advocates are calling on the FDA to ban the use of BPA in food and beverage packaging by the end of the year. Companies in other industries,
including Wal-Mart, Target, Nalgene and Babies R Us, have already made commitments to stop using BPA.


According to Consumer Reports testing, the levels of BPA can vary greatly from one can to another, which makes sense when we consider that the BPA leaches from the lining, and a variety of factors, such as heat, can
influence the rate of contamination.

In general, canned green beans and canned soups had some of the highest BPA levels of the foods tested. The worst offenders during their tests included: Del Monte fresh cut green beans, which had BPA levels ranging from 35.9 ppb to as much as 191 ppb; Progresso vegetable soup had BPA levels ranging from 67 to 134 ppb; Campbell’s condensed chicken noodle soup, which had BPA levels ranging from 54.5 to 102 ppb.

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