Though I was only three when The Graduate premiered, it has long been one of my favorite movies. Ironically, the quote: “I just want to say one word to you….Plastics”, seems like foreshadowing today.
Our lives have become so intertwined with plastics that there are plastic molecules in almost all of us…plastic in the ocean…plastic in our food. Because plastic seems to be everywhere, I’ve been trying to eliminate it from my life as much as possible. But trying to live “plastic-free” can be difficult.
BPA’s (Bisphenol A, a carbon-based plastic) is a synthetic estrogen. It has been in the media a lot lately for its use in food and beverage containers and other consumer products, and its associated health risks.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”
Is Your Canned Food Contaminated With Plastic?
Is there plastic in Your Canned Food? Unfortunately, BPA is in the linings of many canned foods. I don’t buy a lot of canned goods, but I wanted to make sure that the things I do buy—like canned salmon, beans, or coconut milk—weren’t being contaminated by BPAs. But how to find out which brands are clean?
After a bit of research, I found this resource list of BPA-free canned good brands. Book mark it or save it to your phone for BPA-free options when grocery shopping. Better yet, try to buy fresh or frozen versions of the same foods if possible.