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I can’t wait to chow down on a juicy Thanksgiving turkey, but I’m thinking twice before having any canned cranberry sauce on the side. This Thanksgiving, the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) is advising us to find alternatives to certain canned foods to keep harmful chemicals out of the meal.
A new study by the BCF reports that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to breast cancer prostate cancer and infertility, could be lurking in your go-to canned food for Thanksgiving recipes.
BPA is supposed to be a protective barrier between the metal and food in cans. On the contrary, it acts like a synthetic hormone leaking toxins into the food we eat causing many health concerns including being linked to breast cancer.
The BCF tested six canned goods for BPA including:
- 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)
Varying amounts of BPA were found in all of these products, some higher than others, but any amounts can have a negative impact on your health.
Instead of opting for canned goods, try fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, broth from bouillon cubes, and foods packaged in Tetra Pak cartons (a company that safely packages and processes foods). Get great no-can Thanksgiving recipes here.
If ditching canned foods in favor of frozen or Tetra Pak cartons can lower the risk of breast cancer, isn’t it worth it?