BPA Levels Soar After Canned Soup Lunch
Heating up a can of soup may be an easy lunch, but it could have consequences. Eating canned food on the daily may raise the levels of the compound bisphenol A (BPA) in a person’s urine more than previously suspected, according to a recent study.
People who ate a serving of canned soup every day for five days had BPA levels of 20.8 micrograms per liter of urine, whereas people who instead ate fresh soup had levels of 1.1 micrograms per liter, researchers said. When they compared the average person who ate canned soup to the average person who ate fresh soup, there was a 1,221 percent jump in levels of BPA.
The study noted that levels higher than 13 micrograms per liter were found in only the top 5 percent of participants in the National Health and Examination Survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention runs this study on an ongoing basis.
Only several studies have examined BPA levels in canned foods, and most of those have only surveyed study participants to see many canned items they eat on a regular basis.
Do you eat canned foods often?