Well parents, we've just been served a hearty helping of "OMG, it's time to freak out." Researchers from a major non-profit working to eradicate environmental causes of breast cancer have found a huge pile of BPA. And it's lurking inside our kids' favorite canned goods.
Did I mention the Breast Cancer Fund released this news this week, just as the weather here in the Northeast turned cold, and my daughter started asking me for her favorite soups, straight from the can? Yes, I'm a working mother who doesn't always have time to go the homemade route, and I'm officially freaking out here!
Fact is, my kid is 6. She was born in 2005. That was before the whole BPA is bad for you thing really took hold here in America. I used plastic whoosies and whatsits to feed her because I didn't know any better. I've come to terms with that because, well, if I didn't, I would be tearing my hair out, and I don't have very much of that.
But since I have found out Bisphenol-A is one nasty toxin, I've done everything I could to steer clear. She's got stainless steel water bottles in her lunch bag, which is also PVC-, BPA-, and phthalate-free. We've avoided dental sealants in favor of keeping her on a fluoride vitamin, and I don't let her get out of the car and lick the stop signs containing polycarbonates (yes, that part was a joke ... although really, I swear, she stays buckled safely in her booster seat at all times).
And now there's this study. Which claims that of the six canned goods made specifically for kids that were tested by the Breast Cancer Fund, ALL came back with BPA in the food. My daughter only eats two things on the list (see below) and not that often. We're not BIG on canned food. But she is, admittedly, a devotee of all things princess, and I do allow her the Disney Princess soup on the list because it's a heckuva lot healthier than Disney Princess fruit snacks! Learning that sample tested highest for BPA gave me agita.
But what worries me more than the Disney Princess soups in my pantry, frankly, are all the OTHER things that these researchers didn't test! If they found BPA lurking in everything they did test, what does that say about all the other canned goods out there? The potential for BPA to have leached out of those cans and into my kid's food is huge. As the folks at the Fund explain:
While a child-sized serving of these foods may result in BPA exposure at a level of concern, the repeated servings of canned soups, pastas, vegetables, fruits that a child eats in a week, in a year, and throughout her developing years, are what drive our Cans Not Cancer campaign.
What else has my kid consumed? And how much? That's what has me freaking out right now ... how about you?
Take a look at the list of food that had BPA from the Breast Cancer Fund -- is your kid's favorite on there?
- Annie's Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli
- Campbell's Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta With Chicken in Chicken Broth
- Campbell's Spaghettios With Meatballs
- Campbell's Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta With Chicken in Chicken Broth
- Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC's & 123's With Meatballs
- Earth's Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup
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