Avoiding Foods Packaged With BPA Yields Swift Benefits, Study Says

Consumers worried about their intake of the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, might be able to cut back significantly simply by chopping the foods packaged in cans and plastics out of their diets.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, a study from the Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute says that substituting foods stored in glass and stainless steel containers can reduce the presence of BPA by 60 percent.

BPA, which is common in plastics and in the linings of food cans, has become a growing health concern internationally, and researchers have linked it to issues ranging from breast and prostate cancer to infertility and obesity.

The new study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, tracked five California families in January, 2010, testing their urine for BPA. After eight days of meals prepared with foods packaged with BPA, the families switched to meals made from ingredients entirely free of the chemical.

During the three days of BPA-free eating, the levels of the chemical in the family members’ urine dropped an average of 60 percent.

“We wanted to be able to ask the question: Could we have fairly simple changes in people’s lives, both adults and children, that would alter their exposure and body burden of BPA?” said Dr. Janet Gray, a co-author of the study. “That’s one of the most important findings of this study.”

The Breast Cancer Fund has a list of canned products it says would be best to drop from the diet to reduce BPA exposure: coconut juice, soup, meat, vegetables, meals, juice, fish, beans, meal-replacement drinks and fruit.

Still, even food packaged in BPA-free containers can be a problem. A separate recent study also published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that many BPA-free containers release chemicals that, like BPA, mimic estrogen and disrupt normal biological processes.

Related Posts:
BPA-Free Containers Release BPA-Like Chemicals, Study Says
Amid Ambiguous Science, Battles Rage Over BPA Safety

Print Print  

Leave a comment