Whether you like it or not, chances are that Bisphenol A is running through your body right now.
Don’t believe us? Well, six non-profit organizations recently tested 200 canned food items from Canada and the U.S. and found 90 per cent of the ones north of the border contained BPA. Even if you don’t eat canned foods very often, it’s also present in water bottles, store receipts, toys and more.
Basically, it’s everywhere.
The reason that’s a cause for concern is because the hormone-like properties of BPA have been linked with all kinds of health conditions including breast and prostate cancer, hyperactivity in children, weight gain, diabetes and possibly high blood pressure.
“As scientists, we all agree that [BPA has] some effects on our health and disease progression,” Deborah Kurrasch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary, said.
But just how much of an effect it has on our health is still up for debate. Health Canada, for example, reports that its Food Directorate “has concluded that the current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and infants.”
The agency does, however, add that because of the “uncertainty raised in some animal studies relating to the potential effects of low levels of BPA, the Government of Canada is taking action to enhance the protection of infants and young children.”
Health Canada also officially recognized BPA as a toxin in 2010.
Additionally, with BPA being so ubiquitous, Canadians could certainly be consuming more of it than they realize. That’s why we were thrilled when Campbell’s announced that it would be cutting the chemical from its products entirely by the “middle of 2017.” Instead, Campbell’s is going to be using cans lined with acrylic or polyester materials. Of course, we’re still unclear on what potential health concerns those alternatives may cause, but we’ll still consider it a step in the right direction.
For more information on BPA, check out the video above.