Are you serving your kids a hearty helping of dangerous chemicals for dinner? It turns out you could accidently be doing just that if you’re dishing out one of a number of popular kid-friendly canned meals.
According to a product-testing report released by the non-profit organization the Breast Cancer Fund the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) was found in all 12 kid’s canned foods (6 products) tested, with Campbell’s Toy Story and Disney Princess soups leading the toxic-chemical pack with the highest levels.
As a HealthierTalk.com visitor you’re probably already aware of the many potential health problems linked to BPA. BPA is what is known as an “estrogen mimic.” It essentially fools your body into thinking that it IS estrogen, and as a result it could wreak havoc with your endocrine system and entire hormone balance.
BPA linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease & more
The chemical has been linked with breast and prostate cancers, an increased risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes, infertility, obesity, thyroid problems, neurological issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and even with triggering early puberty in girls. (Hm, it sort of reads like a list of the major health issues we’re facing today doesn’t it?)
In other words, this stuff is the LAST thing we want to be exposing our kids to.
But, unfortunately, they are being exposed. In fact we all are literally surrounded by BPA on a daily basis with the chemical being used in a huge number of plastic products as well as in a large variety of food packaging and even some paper products.
Is it any wonder that 93% of American’s tested have detectable levels of the chemical in their bodies?
Researchers at an independent testing laboratory were sent six different children’s canned meal products…two cans of each kind…to be tested for the presence of BPA. The results of that testing were, frankly, disturbing.
One can of Disney Princess Cool Shaped Pasta bought in California measured a staggering 148 parts per billion (PPB) of BPA. That was followed not too distantly by the California-purchased can of Toy Story Fun Shapes Pasta, which when tested was found to have a whopping 90 PPB.
BPA found in organic canned kid’s meals too
And perhaps most shocking of all…simply because of the perceived health value of the products… were the BPA numbers for the two organic products that were tested.
Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup and Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli had an average BPA level of 38 PPB and 30.5 PPB respectively. Meaning that scores of parents and grandparents who are trying to do the right thing by choosing organic foods may still be unknowingly exposing their children and grandchildren to this dangerous chemical.
The products tested were Campbell’s Disney Princess Shapes, Campbell’s Toy Story Fun Shapes, Campbell’s Spaghettios with Meatballs, Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania, Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli, and Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta Mini ABC’s & 123’s with Meatballs.
The problem, of course, is that BPA is being used in the epoxy-resin linings of the cans the food is packed in and until food manufacturers remove it from their packaging and replace it with safer alternatives we’re going to continue to be exposed. And, as usual, it looks like it’s up to us to force the needed change by hitting them where it hurts, in their wallets.
I urge you to make a commitment to not buy any canned foods…especially those that are marketed to kids…that are not BPA-free. Instead make your own kid-friendly meals, serve more fresh foods, and switch to boxed kid-friendly foods instead of cans.
You also might want to take a moment to write the manufacturer of your favorite canned products (most will have a contact button on their websites) asking them to make the switch to BPA-free alternatives.
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