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Dangers In Your Cupboard: Why Pregnant Women Are Advised To Can Their Canned Goods

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By mia bolaris-forget

New reports suggest that when it comes to canned foods, even “healthy” fruits and veggies, pregnant women should, pardon the pun, “can” them.

According to the recent research shows that 92% of canned foods are contaminated by an estrogen-like substance (that lines the can) known as BPA or biphenyl-A.

This toxic lining can be found in all sorts of pre-packaged goods from plastic beverage bottles and paper receipts to the linings of metal cans. And, The National Toxicology Program has sited some concerns in regards to BPA and it’s affect on brain development, behaviour, and the prostate gland in children both pre and post birth.
And, although studies show that BPA levels dramatically differ even betweens cans of the same product, the report is asking Congress to ban BPA in food and drink containers….a step they say some companies have already taken, including many in Canada and Denmark where the use of BPA in certain children’s products is restricted. And, they add that five U.S. states have already followed suit including New York and Chicago.

However, the Grocery Manufacturers Association paints a very different picture suggestion that the study overlooks key evidence that shows that BPA is safe. They also suggest that there is no other material that will work like BPA across the board for all foods.

Still some obstetricians (who were not part of the study) advice pregnant women to avoid canned foods. They note that while fresh fruits and veggies may be more expensive (in some cases), the potential cost that results from exposure to BPA is far greater as are the risks of canned goods….and the effects to the unborn may not become apparent for years.

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