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Food in CansBPA Can Lining - the 'New' Version

You've heard of BPA lining in cans - and know it's a bad thing.  But what's the big deal?  Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins (i.e can lining). 

Because BPA is used to line food and beverage cans, such containers are considered a major source of human exposure to the chemical. One study found that just five days of eating canned soup led to a 1,000 percent increase in BPA levels in urine, compared with eating soup made from fresh ingredients.  (Source:

The 2003–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of 2517 urine samples from people six years and older.  (source).  In other countries, particularly Europe, BPA is not allowed in anything that will touch food.  Here in the US, our FDA is still 'studying the issue' . . . .

The food canning manufacturers have a challenge - to find a balance between preserving the shelf life of a food item canned in a metal can - and the negative health challenges posed by BPA (or other plastic related) lining materials.    I was in a store recently and picked up a can of organic cut green beans.  Thinking that I haven't had time to can any of my own, I purchased a couple of cans for my pantry.  While reading the label (always!) I noticed a new way of listing the lining material . . . . Non-Intent BPA.  Really?  Is it BPA or not?  Intent or not?  If you want to learn more about the 'Non-Intent' part of this, you can read about the 'new' lining materials - polyesters - here in an article from the American Coatings Association.  Will that really be a healthy improvement?  Do you want your food sitting in a can lined with a polyester resin???

This is another great case for canning your own food.  Glass does not contain anything harmful - no plastic lining - no metals to break down with the acids in the food.  Glass canning jars are reuseable - you can easily sterilize them - they comes in lots of sizes and shapes - you can see what's inside - and better yet --- you decide what's inside.  No additives, no sugars (unless you want them), no preservatives (other than salt) - just healthy food that you have complete control over.

That being said, I confess that I do buy a few things at the store - in metal cans.  I love hominy - and I do not have the time (or the inclination) to work with lye - I will leave that up to the experts.  I also don't grow artichokes and you can't find them in the markets where I live - and I love artichoke hearts.  I can buy frozen artichoke hearts, but they still have citric acid which I avoid.  You get the idea - no matter how much you would like to be completely self sufficient, it's just not real in today's world.  My thought is that if you keep the largest majority of your food supply under your control and avoid the additives and preservatives, then the small amount that sneaks through with a few special foods will not overwhelm your body and your immune system. 

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