Soaring BPA Levels Found in People Who Eat Canned Foods
Eating canned food everyِ day mayِ raise theِ levels ofِ the compound bisphenol A (BPA) inِ a person’s urine moreِ than previously suspected, a newِ study suggests.
People whoِ ate a serving ofِ canned soup everyِ day forِ fiveِ days hadِ BPA levels ofِ 20.8 micrograms perِ liter ofِ urine, whereasِ people whoِ insteadِ ate fresh soup hadِ levels ofِ 1.1 micrograms perِ liter, according toِ theِ study.
BPA isِ foundِ in manyِ canned foods — itِ isِ a byproduct ofِ the chemicals usedِ toِ prevent corrosion.
Soup for lunch
The study included 75 people, whoseِ average age wasِ 27.
One group ofِ participants ate 12 ounces ofِ fresh soup everyِ day atِ lunchtime, whileِ theِ otherِ ate theِ sameِ amount ofِ canned soup eachِ day.
BPA wasِ detected inِ 77 percent ofِ people whoِ ate theِ fresh soup, andِ allِ of theِ people whoِ ate theِ canned soup, according toِ theِ study.
BPA and health
A 2008 study ofِ 1,455 people showed thatِ higher urinary BPA levels wereِ linked withِ higher risks ofِ developing cardiovascular disease andِ diabetes, andِ abnormal concentrations ofِ certainِ liver enzymes, evenِ afterِ factors suchِ asِ age, body mass index andِ smoking wereِ takenِ intoِ account.
However, itِ isِ alsoِ not knownِ whether suchِ a spike, evenِ if itِ isn’tِ sustained forِ very long, mayِ affect health, theِ researchers wrote.
The study wasِ limited inِ that allِ of theِ participants wereِ students orِ staff atِ one school, andِ a single soup brand (Progresso) wasِ tested, butِ the researchers wrote thatِ they expected theِ results toِ apply toِ canned foods withِ a similar BPA content.