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Toxic BPA: Just Say "Know"

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So today, I'll talk about a new study on bisphenol A (BPA, found in thousands of consumer goods), which thankfully, Health Canada classified as a toxic substance last year. Due to this, we'll hopefully start to see a phase out of this chemical -- at least in products that make contact with food, but ideally in all products.

BPA and bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) are high-production-volume chemicals used in plastics and resins for food packaging. They have been associated with endocrine disruption in animals and in some human studies. Some link it to obesity and metabolic dysfunction, others to cancers, etc. It's just plain bad.

In this study, 20 participants from five US families (selected based on reported use of canned and packaged goods) ate their usual diets followed by consumption of exclusively fresh foods (prepared by third-party caters) over the course of three days (labelled as the “dietary intervention” phase). They then resumed their usual diets.

The researchers found that levels of the BPA and DEHP decreased significantly during the fresh food intervention -- with BPA values falling by 66% and DEHP metabolites by between 53-56%. They returned to pre-intervention levels once the participants resumed their regular diets.

Of course, since these chemicals are ubiquitous in our environment, the dietary intervention didn't eliminate all sources of exposure.

In conclusion, eat fresh. Save the canned goods for your emergency kit in your bunker.

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Source: Food packaging and BPA and DEHP - findings from a dietary intervention

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