Friday Food X-Ray: Canned Tomatoes

You probably wouldn’t think that there is much to be said about canned tomatoes…
but we always need to be on our toes whenever the food industry tries to prepare our food for us! 🙂

Friday Food X-Ray (2)

This week’s Friday Food X-Ray will actually be short and sweet.
We don’t even need to look at the label.

The most important thing to look at with canned tomatoes are their packaging.
Some are packed in glass jars but the majority are sold in cans.


Did you know that cans are not only made of metal?

The majority of the cans we see at the grocery store and have in your kitchen is actually lined with a plastic-like coating.

A BPA-laden epoxy to be exact.

Keep reading because things are going to start to get juicy. Tomato juicy. 🙂


Do you want some BPAs in your tomatoes?

The presence of BPAs is not limited to canned tomatoes. 

Most cans still use this kind of epoxy, including canned fruits, canned fish and canned meat.
Over 75% of the cans you see at the grocery store contain BPAs (see which here).

What makes it especially bad with canned tomatoes is that it is a highly acidic food.
We know for a fact that acidity makes more of the BPA leach OUT of the coating and INTO YOUR FOOD.

Even really tiny amounts can really mess up your health so it is crucial that we all pay attention to this.

BPAs in your body = an unpalatable soup! 

I should have said this before but BPA stands for bisphenol A.

That’s a type of plastic. Not something that should ever end up in your body.

Here’s a link to a pretty solid studiy showing the adverse effects of doses even lower than what was previously considered safe published back in 2013 in the scientific journal Endocrine Disruptors.

BPAs are classified as an endocrine disruptor.

What does that mean in English?

Endocrine = hormone

Disruptor = something that mess things up

⇒  Endocrine disruptor = a compound that messes up with your hormones

BPAs mimic estrogen, one of the main female sex hormones, and studies have shown adverse effects of this plastic on:

  • cancer,
  • obesity,
  • asthma,
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome),
  • low sperm count,
  • infertility,
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder),
  • liver problems and
  • the list goes on and on and on… 

How to avoid BPAs?

Stop buying canned tomatoes!

Try using fresh tomatoes or, if you like the convenience of prepared tomatoes, go for glass jars

And why stop there? While you’re at it, try minimizing ALL THE PLASTIC in your life by using:

★★★ And remember that hot and acid are the two best way to add a unwanted dose of BPA to your meal.

What do you think of BPAs?

Do you buy canned tomatoes? Do you try to minimize your exposure to BPAs?
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