Eating out of a can has never appealed to me. Besides the fact that the food inside is dead, it has always seemed just not quite right on some level. Perhaps great if you’re stranded in the desert (hopefully with a can opener in your pocket), but for every day living I avoid cans as much as possible.
I know there has been some talk over the years of aluminum leaching into the foods inside the cans. Whether that’s true, I can’t say. However, research suggests it’s the plastic that lines cans these days that’s doing the harm.
Dr Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, who is an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri, specializes in studying the effects of bisphenol-A (BPA), the toxic chemical that comes from plastics that wrap just about everything we buy in supermarkets. He says the number one canned food to steer clear of is tomatoes. The following info may well make you re-think your mother’s famous spaghetti sauce.
Dr vom Saal says bisphenol-A is a synthetic estrogen that is linked to all sorts of dis-eases from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It’s the acidity in the tomatoes that reacts with the BPA that causes the chemical to leach into the food. Appetizing huh?
What’s the solution? Learning to live like your great grandmother perhaps, and only eating organic food that looks how it’s supposed to. Freshly picked. Oh and speak to your local grocer about supplying more organic, non-packaged foods. The greater demand, the more supply.
While I’m on the subject of stuff to avoid, here are some other foods that you may want to re-think…
Microwave popcorn Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize and migrate into your popcorn.
Top Foods to Always Buy Organically
Potatoes Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides from the soil. Potatoes are treated with fungicides, then sprayed with herbicides to kill the fibrous vines before harvesting. After harvest the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.
Conventional apples Apples are at the top of the list for pesticides, as the most sprayed fruit out there. There are studies showing link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.
Peaches These furry fruits readily and rapidly absorb tall chemicals sprayed on them. One bite of a non-organic peach guarantees a hefty dose of pesticides.
Bell Peppers To ward off ants, bell peppers are heavily sprayed with toxic concoctions no one needs on their dinner plate.
Celery It’s said celery contains 94% of the chemicals sprayed on it, making this vegetable a no-no if it’s not organic. Steer clear of non-organic celery without hesitation.
Nectarines Up to 97% of chemical residue remains on nectarines after they’ve been sprayed.
Strawberries Non-organic strawberries should be labeled a health hazard, with the little berries soaking up a mighty dose of pesticides.
Cherry Also highly toxic, cherries are said to retain much of the chemical concoctions sprayed on them.
Spinach Spinach is a delicate crop, with non-organic farmers spraying heavily with pesticides. Avoid non-organic spinach at all costs.
Lettuce As with spinach, lettuce also requires heavy doses of pesticides to ward of bugs and the like. Eat a non-organic lettuce and you can be guaranteed your chowing down on more than a few leaves.