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BPA Free Canned Foods

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Bisphenol A (BPA for short) is an organic compound commonly “used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications” (-Wikipedia) including baby bottles!

It has been shown to leach from these plastics into our food and water and has been studied as a potential carcinogenic due to its estrogen mimicking properties. That combined with its widespread use has brought it under fire from consumers. In October, Canada declared BPA a toxic substance.

I don’t eat a lot of food from cans unless I’m traveling, with the exception of tomato products for chilis, etc..

And wouldn’t you know it, tomatoes — due to their increased acidity — are some of the trickiest to can without the plastic liners containing BPA. I’ve looked for similar tomato-based foods in glass jars, but they are few and far between, save for all those really high-sodium pasta sauces.

Eden Foods “has been using BPA-free cans for all of its bean products since 1999.” (-greenbiz.com)

I suspected they were one of the good guys, but I don’t think they bragged about it enough, leaving that twinge of doubt. So I was really excited to see the new labeling above while grocery shopping this weekend. :)

Also, it turns out the organic Muir Glen line of tomato products will no longer contain BPA. That was announced in April, effective with their next tomato harvest, so aside from any older cans still left on the shelf, we should soon be in the clear there too. Excellent!

The politics of plastics: the making and unmaking of bisphenol a “safety” from the American Journal of Public Health

The Starch Solution

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Dr. Fuhrman gets a lot of mention on this blog because, well, his focus on veggies, particularly of the green leafy variety, and legumes (yeah, baby!) is in line with mine.

That said, sometimes, especially around the holidays or when short on funds, one can find themselves becoming a bit of a carbaholic. Shhh…

During times like these, it’s nice to give Dr. McDougall a little more play, because obviously we’re not talking about white flour and sugar here, rather whole grains and potatoes, and he defends them vociferously.

Consider this post as therapy. ;)

Resources…

His last book: Dr. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-Up (2006)

Study mentioned in talk: Kon All Potato Diet

Gladiator’s Were Vegan Full Documentary on Google Video.

Livestock’s Long Shadow, Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations – Rome, 2006

Have a wonderful holiday season! Enjoy your complex carbs and stay healthy. :)


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