Do you eat canned food? (new on BPA)

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-2008
Do you eat canned food? (new on BPA)
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 3:27pm


New fears surface over bisphenol-A

"Opponents of bisphenol A (BPA) have received added ammunition as new research on the chemical raised fresh health concerns, while a leading US federal official told consumers to avoid the substance.

The two separate developments came as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to delay delivering its decision on the safety of the substance that is used in food packaging such as polycarbonate bottles and the epoxy linings of food cans."

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Now this isn't completely new to us. We've known about the dangers of BPA for some time now, and we've known that cans are lined with epoxy that contains BPA. But we've also been assured that it's a safe amount, it doesn't hurt, blah blah blah. So...

Do you eat canned food?

If so, do you have any worry about BPA?

Now that this new news is out, will you stop eating - or cut back on - canned food?

What will you do instead?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-2008
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 3:38pm

We still eat a little bit of canned food, but we have definitely cut back. I do worry about BPA, but still find myself going for convenience. Meaning, there's always a few cans of veggies in the cupboard in case we don't have any fresh veggies on hand when I'm making dinner. I'm also guilty of buying the canned mandarin oranges or peaches to go in the kids' lunchboxes.

My plan last year was to grow a big enough garden that we could preserve a bunch of stuff. I understand the concept of eating seasonally, but if we could can some green beans, tomato sauce, and a few others, plus freeze some stuff, I thought we could make due over the winter with that plus whatever was in season.

Unfortunately our garden was a dud. :(

Next season, no matter what happens with the garden, I'll can a bunch of stuff - even if I have to buy it at the farmer's market or grocery store. I just want to get as far away as possible from boxed and canned food.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2002
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 9:49pm

Well, as far as canned foods go.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-18-2006
Sat, 12-19-2009 - 3:56pm

I eat canned food, and I will continue to eat canned food. It sometimes is the best way to provide healthy meals to my family, without breaking the bank.

When the news about the BPA came out, Johnathon was a baby. Everyone freaked out on my parenting board. I did not. We are exposed to so much, that I cannot freak out about every little study that comes out. I am happy that the bottles that we were using were already BPA free, without knowing it, but I would have continued to use the bottles regardless, just made sure that my water was cooled before putting it in the bottles. I was using the Gerber Bottles and the Playtex dropins.

I do try to be a good parent, and I think that I am doing a good job at it.

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