Eating Well With Kim: What is BPA and should we be concerned?

By: Kim Beavers
By: Kim Beavers

BPA: Is short for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics.

It is an ingredient that is often used to coat food cans, and is a potential endocrine disruptor.

Yes, I think we should be concerned, primarily for our youth. It took me a while to come to that conclusion. I tend not to “jump on the latest bad food band wagon”, and therefore wait for a bit more research to emerge.

However at this point I think it prudent to decrease exposure to BPA whenever possible. This does not mean I think all canned food should be avoided, but I do recommend purchasing BPA free food containers, and water bottles. Purchasing BPA free canned food is also great when possible. Otherwise a good mix of fresh, frozen and canned food should help in decreasing overall exposure.

Here are a few facts I have gathered and a couple links for further information should you have interest for additional detail.

Here is the latest on BPA from the FDA.

Here is a list of products using BPA cans.

If your food is not on the list and you wish to find out if it is in a can with or without BPA, simply call the company. Here are a few additional brands I called while working on this segment:

Kroger: They are working to get BPA out of cans but are not finished yet
StarKist Tuna: All cans are BPA free, except the 66 ounce can.
Campbell’s: Has begun making the change but not every can is BPA free just yet.

Lastly this is a good review of BPA and on page two how to reduce BPA exposure

As always until next time: Eat well. Live well.

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