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BPA found in canned foods

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Cooks who use fresh foods for Thanksgiving may be making the right health choice for their guests this Thanksgiving season.

A report from the Breast Cancer Fund says bisphenol A (BPA) was found in single servings of canned goods at levels high enough to impact health.

"It's related to the fact that bisphenol A is the 'hormone disrupter,'" said Kathleen Schuler with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. "It disrupts the delicate balance of hormones in the human body and hormones work at a very low-level so if you have a substance that disrupts the natural function of hormones, then it can be very harmful and cause health effects later in life."

Foods like cream of mushroom soup, turkey gravy, cream corn, green beans and pumpkin were tested and BPA levels ranged widely.

"There was a lot of variability in the levels in different food products in different states and there's no rhyme or reason for that," added Schuler. "And we just need to move to safer alternatives so we don't have to worry about this type of exposure, especially at Thanksgiving."

Schuler says BPA has largely now been eliminated from baby bottles and water bottles, but it's still used in most metal food cans, even though there are safer alternatives. She also says there have been efforts in Congress to ban the use of BPA in food and drink packaging, but as of yet the push has been unsuccessful.

BPA has been linked to prostate and breast cancer, diabetes and developmental problems. You can read the full report or find can-free recipes at the Breast Cancer Fund website.

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