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Reading the ingredient list on a canned food label doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Read more about the dangerous chemical found in the lining of all cans, and why you should eliminate canned food from your diet!
200 years ago on August 25th, 1810, Englishman Peter Durand was granted a patent for his idea to preserve food in tinplate containers.
Just two years later, in 1812, the can manufacturing industry was born in England. That same year, English immigrant Thomas Kensett started his canning business with glass jars but switched to tin, for which he received a U.S. patent in 1825.
This must have been an exciting development for our ancestors who didn’t have the benefit of refrigeration or a grocer on every block! They spent a lot of time and energy preserving food to get them through periods when fresh food wasn’t available or easily accessible.
What’s more, canned food has served an undeniably crucial and even noble role in U.S. history. Pioneers heading west in the mid 1840s relied on lightweight canned food, as have our soldiers since the Civil War.
In times of hardship or natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, having plenty of imperishable canned food on hand is essential.
Unfortunately, today our canned food consumption is driven more by our demand for convenience and speed when putting food on the table than by the need to eat something in order to survive extreme environments.
Believe it or not, today there are more than 600 sizes and styles of cans being manufactured, allowing consumers to choose from over 1500 different canned food items from around the world.
While we at Body Ecology believe it is best to always eat home prepared, fresh, and wholesome foods, we recognize that this isn’t always possible for some of you.
There are certain hazards of eating canned food that you should be aware of, however, and after reading this, we hope you will use the Body Ecology tips we offer to provide you and your family with healthy and quick meals that do not pose a risk to your health.
In May 2010, the National Work Group for Safe Markets released a study called “No Silver Lining”, reporting that consumers were exposed to dangerous levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned food. The canned foods in the study included fish, fruits, vegetables, soups, and sodas, and 90% had detectable levels of BPA1,2 .
To date, a very large number of studies have linked even low doses of BPA exposure in animals to illnesses that are on the rise in the U.S., including breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, obesity, and developmental and reproductive harm3 .
Yet, despite longstanding concerns over BPA, the FDA has only as recently as this year reported that it will be working with the food industry in the evaluation and manufacturing of alternatives to limit our exposure to BPA4,5 .
BPA is a serious threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and for this reason, we have provided you with more info on it in “The Essential Food Safety Guide: What Types of Bottles, Containers, and Packaging Are a Danger to Your Health?”
It’s good to have some canned food on hand for a rainy day but not as part of a healthy lifestyle and daily meal plan.
Most of us are very busy and have schedules full of commitments, but when your major concern is to put dinner on the table as fast as possible, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Most importantly, have fun! Once you commit to leading a healthier lifestyle and preparing fresh, wholesome meals, you will be interested in experimenting and finding new, creative, and SAFE recipes that your whole family will enjoy.
“Food Safety and Food Security: What Consumers Need to Know”, September 2003, U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/topics/foodsec_cons.pdf
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