Published Date : Jun 30, 2016
For long, Bisphenol A or BPA has been used in the inside lining of cans to prevent breakage and metal corrosions, thereby preserving the food kept inside the cans. Currently, there is an ongoing debate regarding the presence of BPA in canned food products and whether the presence poses health risks to consumers. A recent study published in the Environmental Research has revealed the worst. Canned food products do expose the human body to BPA. The study has further revealed that canned pasta and soups have higher concentrations of BPA compared to canned fruits and vegetables. While these food products are associated with BPA concentrations, canned fish, beverages, and meat are termed to be comparatively safer.
Two or More Canned Food Items Increase BPA Concentrations to 54%
According to researchers, this new finding will let consumers to make an informed decision while purchasing canned food products. In fact, researchers are not at all surprised with the presence of high concentration of BPA in canned foods. Some scientists are of the view that canned foods are the highest routes of exposure to the chemical.
As part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the study collected data of about 7,669 people between the years 2003 and 2008. The analysis of the data indicated what each of the survey responders had consumed in the last twenty four hours and whether BPA concentrations were present in each responder’s urine on the same day. According to Jennifer Hartle, the lead author of the study, the presence of BPA in urine is the evidence of BPA exposure. Researchers have further found out that the consumption of two or more canned food products leads to 54% higher BPA concentrations.