You may have seen that recently some of your favorite canned food – or even water bottles – have been labeled “BPA-Free”. 

Have you wondered why? Well BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical that is used to make hard, clear plastic and also to line metal food cans to extend the shelf-life of canned food. The issue has recently arisen that BPA may not be healthy for humans. You know, minor details.

Many studies have come out saying that the epoxy coating that BPA creates has been linked to breast cancer, reproductive issues, cell damage, developmental problems, and more.

Despite BPA being labeled as safe by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the early 60’s, in January 2010 the FDA admitted that they had “concerns” about the potential effects of BPA. The concern was on the “effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children”.

This was enough to get the attention of many  – and rightfully so. In fact, Canada was the first country to declare BPA a toxic chemical and ban it for food-related use.

Companies and brands throughout the U.S. made a promise to stop using BPA in their products and go BPA-free. However, a study done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2014 found that only 12% of the 252 brands surveyed were using BPA-free cans.

Here is a chart of companies still using BPA:

A Taste of ThaiFood ClubOld El Paso
Andersen’sFull CircleOregon Specialty Fruit
ArmourGordon’s Chesapeake NaturalPearls
Bar HarborGoyaPeloponnese
Bookbinders SpecialtiesGreen GiantPet
BrooksHealthy ChoiceProgresso
Bruce’sHerdezRanch Style
Bush’sHormelRao’s Homeade
CarnationHormel ChiliRed Gold
Casa FiestaHunt’s ManwichRed Pack
CentoLa ChoyRo-Tel
Chef BoyardeeLa VictoriaRosarita
Chi-Chi’sLibby’s MeatsSacramento
Chincoteague Seafood BrandLibby’s PumpkinSimply Asia
Clear ValueLindsay OlivesSolo Foods
Coconut Milk by Andre Prost, Inc.Lucky LeafSpam
Del MonteMagnoliaStagg Chili
Dennisons ChilliManischewitzThai Kitchen
Dining OutMaria Callender’s Tuttorusso
Dinty MooreMarioValley Fresh
Duncan Hines ComstockMarket Pantry (Target)Valu Time
Duncan Hines WildernessMatiz GallegoVancamp’s
Eagle BrandMusselman’sWhite House Foods
Early CaliforniaNalleyWolf Brand Chilli
EmbasaNeptuneWolfgang Puck Organic Soups
Field DayOcean SprayWorld Classics

The issue still remains that there is no industry standard on the definition of BPA-free, so even though products are labeled as such, they may still contain the chemical.  

And when asked by the EWG, some companies were vague about what they are using instead of BPA. Some, like Annie’s, are using a polyester material. And others, like Bumble Bee, are using a “blend of vinyl and polyester resin”.   

And out of the 252 brands, only 31 were using BPA-free cans for all of their products:

Ace of DiamondsGluten Free CaféNatural Sea
American TunaHealthy ValleyPillar Rock
Amy’sHealth Valley OrganicPort Clyde
Beach CliffImagineRaincoast Trading
BionaturaeJyoti Natural FoodsSeneca
Earth’s Best OrganicKins OscarSprouts Farmers Market
EarthpureLucini ItaliaTyson
Farmer’s MarketMuir GlenWalnut Acres
GenovaNative ForestWestbrae Natural

So to be safe for now, it’s recommended that you limit or avoid using canned foods. When possible, buy fresh of frozen alternatives or products in glass or cardboard containers. 

What do you think? Have you been purchasing BPA-free products or do you disagree with the findings?

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight.”

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get my free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”

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