A new study says that eating canned foods on a regular basis can drastically increase BPA levels in a person’s urine.
“Eating just one 12-ounce serving of canned soup a day for five days straight may lead to more than a 1,000% increase in the amount of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in your urine.”
According to Reuters, BPA is found in many canned foods since BPA is a byproduct of the chemicals used to prevent corrosion. The study, which was conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that people who ate canned soup showed BPA levels 1,221 percent greater than those who ate fresh soup.
Study leader Karin Michels, said:
“To see an increase in this magnitude was quite surprising.”
The study involved 75 people with an average age of 27. One group ate 12 ounces of fresh soup at lunch time. The other group ate canned soup. Urine samples were taken at the end of the five day study.
According to the study, BPA was detected in 77 percent of people who ate the fresh soup, and 100% of the people who ate the canned soup.
Researcher Jenny Carwile, said:
“We’ve known for a while that drinking beverages that have been stored in certain hard plastics can increase the amount of BPA in your body. This study suggests that canned foods may be an even greater concern, especially given their wide use.”
According to Medicinet.com, Bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to an increased risk for breast and prostate cancer, obesity, thyroid problems, reproductive abnormalities, heart disease, and neurologic disorders in humans.
Michels acknowledged that the study only used one type of canned food (Progresso Soup) but still recommends that people go easy on the canned foods.
“Reducing canned food consumption may be a good idea, especially for people consuming foods from cans regularly.”
Do you eat a lot of canned soup? Are you worried about BPA levels?