So what do cans of soup, BPA and heart disease have in common? Quite a lot it seems!
I never even heard of BPA until I came across an online article today. This article was actually about heart disease, and one of the new things doctors are warning their patients about is this chemical called BPA or bisphenol A. And guess where you will find it?
- Cans of soup and most canned foods
- Baby formula
- Cash register receipts
- Certain plastics
There was a new study published in the journal Circulation that found a direct link between higher BPA exposure in healthy adults and a greater risk of developing heart disease in the future. The researchers looked at urine samples of about 750 initially healthy adults who later developed cardiovascular disease and compared them to samples from 860 adults who remained heart disease free.
The initially healthy people who wound up developing heart disease had higher BPA concentrations in their urine at the beginning of the 10-year period, compared to those who stayed heart disease free. It makes sense to follow that the evidence of BPA may be an additional contributor to heart disease risk, alongside the major risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
It also stated that BPA’s most damaging effects would harm developing fetuses the most because they’re more sensitive to the chemical than adults. The latest research shows the even small doses of BPA, ones we’re commonly exposed to, could lead to heart arrhythmia, erratic beating that could cause sudden cardiac death. Yet it’s in baby formula? I don’t have any baby formula sitting around the house, but I know young mothers who do. I’m going to be sure and tell them to check this out.
Here are a few things you can do to lessen your exposure to BPA and add to your list of goodies to help keep heart disease at bay
- NO MORE CANS OF SOUP!
BPA is one of the most heavily produced chemicals in the world, so it’s impossible to completely avoid it. To make a big dent in your consumption, however, cut out as much canned food as possible. The linings in most commercial canned products contain an epoxy BPA resin that leaches into canned soups, baby formulas and vegetables. For example, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found people who ate a can of Progresso soup for lunch experienced a 1,000 percent jump in bodily BPA levels, compared to those who had can-free soup.
- SAY NO TO TRIVIAL RECEIPTS
Skin readily absorbs the BPA coating on cash-register receipts, so when you make a purchase you don’t need a receipt for, like, say, a cup of coffee, say no thanks to the receipt when checking out. A simple receipt. Who knew?
- GO PLASTIC FREE
Some No. 7 plastics contain BPA but other plastics contain different harmful compounds, too. Your best bet is to avoid plastic whenever possible, and never heat plastic in the microwave or clean it in the dishwasher.
I wonder, does this applies to plastic food bags, as well? Wow, this could mean another lifestyle change!
It honestly angers me that these types of chemicals are being used in our food preparation. If you think so, too, leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!