Recently, research has indicated that levels of BPA found in blood samples of people who have consumed even moderate amounts of canned goods are too high for comfort. I started to look into this matter a couple days ago because I was craving a refried bean and rice burrito. Although I’m currently living in Germany, I grew up in California where dining out on authentic Mexican cuisine was a weekly treat. Prior to heading to the store to indulge my taste buds with the closest thing to these flavors (Rosarita’s Refried Beans), I decided to listen to that annoying, little voice in my head that kept reminding of me some information I had heard about BPA lingering in canned foods. After researching this topic, I do have more motivation to replace my canned faves for a homemade version. The tough part is I did not like the outcome of the two recipes I’ve tried thus far, so I am still on the hunt for a new recipe.
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*Read carefully, as only one product line (Eden Organic) ensures that almost all of their cans are BPA-free. The other companies are in the midst of transitioning to BPA-Free.
Tips for Avoiding BPA in Canned Foods
From the Safe Mama Website:
- Choose glass over canned when possible. It is true, lids on glass jars can have some traces of BPA from the coating but the levels of BPA in a glass container versus a can are substanital.
- Choose fresh or frozen. Frozen veggies are sometimes flash frozen right after harvest so they maintain a higher nutritional value than canned. Or scrap it all and buy fresh… even better, fresh organic.
- Choose powdered formula. If you don’t breastfeed, choose a formula in powdered form. Liquid baby formula has some of the highest BPA levels that the EWG tested. Read their recent study on BPA in baby formula.
- Seek out BPA Free Canned Goods. Some companies are starting to emerge with a new method of lining cans. Eden Organic is a good example. Their beans (only) are canned in BPA Free cans.