Ok. This post is not meant to scare you. But, we do need to limit our use of tin cans. I have not cut out all of the cans in our lives. I mean, really, can we give up pumpkin?! Many companies are wising up and are now using alternate packaging for their previously canned products like soups and tomato products. But, where we live, we do not get a whole lot of these “green” or “natural” products. Supply and demand. The demand is not yet here. For now, I have to make the best choices I can, but sometimes it’s better to cook dinner myself, using some cans, than to eat out.
How do cans cause cancer? Well, that’s a bit harsh. Just about everything has been linked to cancer these-days. It has been shown that Bisphenol A (BPA) leaches from tin cans and into the food contained. We’ve been aware of BPA in our water bottles for a few years now and have changed the way we drink water because of it. Like I said above, hopefully this will change soon with our tin cans also!
Who is at the greatest risk & what should I do?
- Developing fetuses and small children are at the greatest risk for all toxins. So, it’s always best to limit the use of these toxins during pregnancy, nursing and for young children.
- Try to avoid baby formula found in tin cans. Try to choose fresh or frozen over canned veggies or search for alternative packaging or BPA-free cans.
Any other tips? Is this alternative packaging in your stores yet?