Yet Another Dirty Little Secret.
|B.P.A. laced “organic” tomatoes from Hunt’s. This should be no surprise since Hunt’s is now a division of bio-technology powerhouse ConAgra.|
Bisphenol-A (B.P.A.) has been a subject of controversy for several years now, with studies verifying its dangers. Even the chemical industry’s partner, the F.D.A., has begun hinting that this stuff is toxic, and that’s really saying something about B.P.A.. This is coming from an agency that would be handing-out lead powder to children as a toy if it had its way.
B.P.A. is known to leach out of plastics, disrupting the hormones, as well as causing brain damage, asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart problems. While dozens of manufacturers claim that B.P.A. from their plastic containers does not leach into the products, chemical analysis has consistently shown otherwise. Bisphenol-A has been found in the urine of more than 90% of Americans. That other ten percent consists of foreigners visiting the States, and “health nuts” like us.
Those who are knowledgeable about plastic containers, and the dozens of toxins that they emit (i.e. antimony and B.P.A.) will often choose cans as an alternative. However, aluminum cans, and aluminum water bottles, have a secret plastic inner lining. This is because aluminum is known for reacting with either strong acids or alkalines. If no plastic liner were present, people would be getting massive amounts of aluminum in their diets through metal food and drink containers.
The plastic liners contain bisphenol-A in practically every case, including organic options. This is not simply restricted to aluminum drink cans, but branches out to all aluminum cans, including those that are used to store foods (including baked beans, soups and canned vegetables). Studies testing B.P.A. found that it was higher in food containers than soft drink cans, presumably because canned foods are processed at higher temperatures. There is only one brand that is currently claiming to use B.P.A.-free cans, Eden Organic Baked Beans. However, the company does use B.P.A. for their canned tomato products. Right now, some companies claim that the use of B.P.A. is currently unavoidable in some products. However, there are other options that they could explore, such as glass containers, bees wax coatings, and more resilient metals. We believe that most people would gladly pay a few cents more for alternative containers, if they knew that it meant their foods and drinks were pure.
The situation is particularly sad, given that people believe aluminum cans are a safer option than plastic bottles. It is important that health-conscious people are made aware of this, so they can make informed decisions. We have to get the word out, because otherwise the food industry will continue to deceive us. Due to the great aluminum lie, there are currently very few companies offering B.P.A.-free cans. The food industry is gleefully taking advantage of the ignorance of its ‘consumers’. They don’t have a problem poisoning us, so long as we don’t know about it.
Completely avoiding B.P.A. can be difficult, but it can be done. This is especially important for pregnant women, infants, and young children. To avoid B.P.A., you should avoid all aluminum cans and hard, clear plastics. When buying plastic containers, use companies which pledge to never use plastics containing B.P.A., such as Ziplock. Buy foods fresh, or frozen, whenever possible, because the foods are usually much more nutritious, and you will also avoid plastic toxins such as B.P.A..