There may be more in that canned food than you think. Product testing by the Breast Cancer Fund has uncovered bisphenol A (a/k/a BPA), the estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer in lab studies, in canned foods marketed directly to young kids.
In their report, BPA in Kids’ Canned Food, the Breast Cancer Fund tested six different canned foods marketed to and consumed by kids:
• Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli
• Campbell’s Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth
• Campbell’s Spaghettios with Meatballs
• Campbell’s Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth
• Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC’s & 123’s with Meatballs
• Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup
Bisphenol-A, or BPA, and was popular linked to hard plastic bottles. Now it’s also appearing in the resin used to line canned foods that is meant to provide a barrier between the food and the can. This chemical has been found to leach into the food and is linked to early puberty in females, attention deficit disorders and cancers such as breast and prostate.
The Breast Cancer Fund tested 12 canned foods marketed to and largely consumed by children and found that every sample contained BPA. The highest levels were found in Campbell’s Disney Princess and Toy Story soups, but BPA was also found in organic Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli as well as Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup.
Many plastic bottle manufacturers changed their formulations to exclude BPA, however, the verdict is still out on how much BPA it might take to have a toxic effect on children. The Food and Drug Administration has called for more research on the substance explaining that the agency has “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate glands of fetuses, infants, and children.”
The Breast Cancer fund recommends dry and frozen pasta, fruits, and tetra packed soups. To learn more about alternatives to canned food for your child click here.
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