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Why Is BPA Bad?

Do you love warming up with a bowl of soup on a chilly fall day? Well, before you open up your next can of soup — or any can for that matter — you'd better listen up! Those cans could have the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their linings — which means that the food in them might contain BPA, too. BPA has been used for years in clear plastic bottles to make them more durable and in the liners of food cans to make the products last longer. Consumer Reports recently tested numerous name-brand canned products, including soup, juice, vegetables, and tuna, and found at least some amount of BPA in almost all of them. The chemical was even found in some products that were labeled BPA-free. A few studies have linked BPA to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, infertility, PCOS, insulin resistance, and diabetes. That's pretty scary stuff considering that we get almost 30 percent of our food from cans. Liners of metal cans aren't the only place where you can find BPA, though. The chemical has also been found in baby bottles, polycarbonate drinking bottles, and other beverage containers. Current federal guidelines on BPA levels don't take into account the hundreds of recent animal and laboratory studies done on the potential health effects of BPA levels. However, the Food and Drug administration will soon decide what level of exposure of BPA is safe. I know that metal cans are convenient, but why take the risk with BPA? Use glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bottles whenever possible. Try to make meals from scratch as often as you can, using the freshest ingredients that you can afford and find. Trust me, a good homemade meal will beat a canned or processed one any day — and that's especially true for homemade soup! You can eat these delicious dishes immediately or store the leftovers in the freezer (in a BPA-free container) for later.

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