The Breast Cancer Fund is urging people to limit exposure to BPA, a synthetic estrogen that is used in the lining of canned foods and in certain plastics because of the increased risk of breast and other cancers. The CDC acknowledges that BPA has infiltrated the bodies of almost 95 percent of us. Laboratory studies have linked BPA to breast cancer, along with a whole host of other serious health problems.
The Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute conducted a study, published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, to find out. They enlisted five families for a week-long investigation. First, the families ate their normal diets. Then, they were provided with three days’ worth of freshly prepared organic meals that avoided contact with BPA-containing food packaging, such as canned food and polycarbonate plastic. Finally, the families returned to their normal diets. Their BPA levels were measured at each stage.
While the families were eating the fresh-food diet, their BPA levels dropped on average by 60 percent. Those with the highest exposure levels saw even greater reductions: 75 percent.
These results further demonstrate that removing BPA from food packaging will eliminate our number one source of BPA exposure.
Make changes in your kitchen to reduce exposure NOW
Make changes right now to reduce your family’s levels of this chemical linked to breast cancer. It’s as simple as cooking at home with fresh foods and making some very basic changes in your kitchen, such as limiting canned foods, choosing glass and stainless steel food and beverage containers, and not microwaving in plastic. You might also consider eating fewer meals out—especially at places that don’t use fresh ingredients.
Take a stand and demand improved food packaging requirements NOW
After taking steps to reduce your BPA exposure, consider the larger picture and the fact we need solutions and regulations to ensure that everyone is protected from this chemical. The Breast Cancer Fund is working tell industry and government that we want safe, non-toxic food packaging now. We’re urging our elected officials to pass laws that will eliminate harmful chemicals from food packaging. We’re demanding reform of the broken system that allows these chemicals to be in our food packaging in the first place. Your voice is needed.
Download the Wallet Card: 10 Canned Foods to Avoid
BPA is a synthetic estrogen used in the lining of most food cans. It’s linked to breast cancer and other serious health issues.
The good news is that you can reduce your BPA exposure by limiting consumption of canned foods, especially those that are acidic, salty or fatty, because BPA is more likely to leach from can linings into these kinds of foods.
Download the Breast Cancer Fund’s wallet card for your next trip to the grocery store, and then send it to family and friends!
This information was provided by Janet Gray, Ph.D.
Science Advisor and Board Member for the Breast Cancer Fund
Learn more about them at www.breastcancerfund.org