BPA In Canned Foods

Canned foods was known for their easiness and low price. However, some canned products contain harmful substances which may have negative effects on human body. It may cause serious health problems for people who excessively rely on canned foods. So, it is always recommended to consume fresh food because they are more nutritious and contains very little chemical additives and preservatives compared with canned products.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical substance used as a type of additive for cans to extend the shelf life of its contents. Scientific studies showed that it is associated with some type of heart diseases, cancer and other health problems. Although the US Food and Drug Administration Department is still accepting the safety of BPA, it can be found in many canned products. It is also found to be related with some cases of the development of abnormal brain problems in babies and children if their mother take too much BPA during pregnancy. Many nutritional experts recommend that pregnant women and breastfeeding women should avoid eating canned and packaged foods containing BPA.

Many cans contain a large amount of sodium which is added in order to extend the shelf life of the food. However, the daily intake of sodium for an adult should not exceed 1500 mg and a great amount of sodium can facilitate the development of high blood pressure and heart diseases. It is best to choose low-sodium products if you have no other choices.

Many cans also contain a large amount of fructose corn syrup. Consumption of too much sweetener will increase the risk of diabetes risk and cause bacterial imbalances and infections in the body. In addition, high-fructose corn syrup also may lower the level of chromium which is a very important mineral for human to control the level of cholesterol, insulin and blood glucose.

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