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Increased BPA Levels From Eating Soup From A Can

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

No doubt you've heard of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). It is used during the manufacturing process of large numbers of metal food and drink cans, among many other things, and has gotten lots of press over the years due to increasing BPA levels found in people.

Now a new study finds that taking in a 12 ounce portion of canned soup five days in a row, brings a more than a 1000% increase of BPA levels in urine samples.

The study didn't look at how BPA has an effect on health. A significant point.

As part of the latest research, 75 volunteer subjects consumed either a 12 ounces of vegetarian soup from a can (Progresso was the brand used) every day for a total of five days, or the same size serving of freshly made vegetarian soup for the same five-day period.

After break for two days the subjects switched groups. Study researchers state they saw that after only five days of eating the canned soup there was a thousand percent increase in BPA in urine samples taken from the subjects.

The findings of the study are probably showing a temporary increase in BPA levels. No one knows how long this high reading might last, or what impact it might have on health.

Industry groups suggest that the study findings bring good news, as consumers can be sure that the body quickly excretes BPA from the body via the urine. The material, they point out, also has its positive side - allowing high temperature sterilization helping to protect us against food poisoning and other contamination.

The findings of the research into BPA aren't brand specific, and would likely be the same for other canned goods that use the chemical as part of the liner. But soup isn't the only place you'll find this chemical. A study released in late 2011 found BPA was in a vast number of canned foods we enjoy during the holiday season - gravy, canned corn, green beans, cranberry sauce and more.

There's also earlier work linking BPA to thyroid problems, reproductive problems, heart disease, obesity, even neurological disorders. Experts believe the most vulnerable to any possible effects from BPA would be pregnant women, babies and young children.

Studies in animals have shown BPA to be associated with a higher risk of both breast and prostate cancers. Because of the concerns, a number of companies have removed BPA from baby products, while also looking for alternatives to the chemical that can be used instead.

While completely eliminating BPA from your life probably isn't possible, there are things you can do to cut your exposure. Try to...

- reduce the canned foods/drinks you consume regularly and opt for fresh or frozen foods instead

- if possible, rinse the contents of a can well before heating and serving

- don't heat foods in the microwave using the container they come in, but transfer to a safer glass or ceramic container instead

- store foods in glass/ceramic containers rather than plastic ones

- look for metal water bottles that aren't lined with a plastic coatings

- dispose of plastic containers that are older, split or scratched

Your best bet, moving forward is to stay informed on BPA, where it's used and what impact it might have on your health in terms of increasing BPA levels and exposure.

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