Food For Thought: BPA in Canned Thanksgiving Staples

Grist

Before you pick up those last minute canned foods for Thanksgiving, think twice. Not just because you feel guilty about not cooking from scratch, but also because you might be feeding your guests BPA-laden foods.The Breast Cancer Fund set out to see how much BPA might be in a typical Thanksgiving meal and tested the following popular foods used to make Thanksgiving meals:

  • Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Campbell's Turkey Gravy
  • Carnation Evaporated Milk (by Nestle)
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Sweet Corn, Cream Style
  • Green Giant Cut Green Beans (by General Mills)
  • Libby's Pumpkin (by Nestle)
  • Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

They found that for half the products tested, "a single 120-gram serving of the food contains enough BPA to show adverse health impacts in lab studies." The BPA-levels widely varied, even among cans of the same product. It's good to know, though, that of all the foods, no BPA was found in the Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, although the company has stated that it does use BPA in its cans.

So, try to plan ahead, avoid the toxic chemical and even check out The Breast Cancer Fund's recipes for a no-can Thanksgiving dinner.

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