Less-Than-Stellar Option #6: Canned Foods

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.

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Less-Than-Stellar Option #6:  Canned Foods

We get almost 20% of our food from cans.

Where do we live, in a fallout shelter?

Look, I’m a realist.

I know when you’re busy, it’s much better for you to whip open a can of Trader Joe’s chili and nuke it than it is to cruise to the Wendy’s drive-through.

I get it.

But I still want you to get away from eating vegetables from cans instead of from a farmers market.

They’re not the same.

First of all, you’re not getting nearly the nutritional bang for your caloric buck.

Many veggies lose up to 90 percent of their original nutrition power in the canning process.

Second, canned foods are typically very high in sodium – some cans of soup have 2,000 milligrams!

But perhaps worst is cans are lined with plastic that contains BPA.

The Environmental Working Group did a study and found for 1 in 10 cans of regular food – and 1 in 3 cans of baby formula – a single serving was 200 times the FDA’s maximum safe level for other industrial chemicals.

The problem is, our government doesn’t currently have a safety standard when it comes to BPA in cans – the sky’s the limit, folks!

A study in the United Kingdom found out of 62 cans purchased in supermarkets there, 40 tested positive for BPA.

As you’ll recall from my earlier posts, BPA is linked to insulin resistance, early puberty, prostate cancer, and a host of other lovely conditions caused by hormone disruption.

Hormone HomeworkThis is reason #794 to stay away from processed foods.  If you must eat out of cans, buy organic, low-salt options.  Try to minimize your exposure to BPA as much as possible.  Canned soup, pasta, and baby formula have the most.  As of 2009, Eden organic beans (www.edenfoods.com) was the only brand packed in a special can with a natural resin-based liner that doesn’t include BPA.  Almost every other can in American (with the exception of some canned fruit) has BPA in its lining – and, thus, in your food.

Come join me on my weight loss journey!  I’d love to have you along!

Have an awesome day!

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Dick and Lenay

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