It’s all about pee in a new Harvard study. Many of you may have heard of a canned food BPA link, but the new study showed just how dramatic eating canned food for even five days can be to our bodies.
So as Thanksgiving rolls around, you may want to think twice before buying canned cranberry sauce, soup, or even SPAM at the grocery store.
The Harvard study measured the BPA levels in urine of people who ate canned soup for five straight days, and compared that to the BPA levels in urine for people who ate fresh-made soup for the same amount of time, reports The Boston Globe. The study found that the people who ate the canned soup had a 1,221 percent increase in BPA levels in just those five days.
BPA stands for bisphenol A, and the odorless, tasteless chemical is used in the linings of almost all canned food and drinks to prevent the cans from rusting and to increase the shelf-life of the canned products, reports the Globe.
However, studies have found that the BPA often leaks into the contents of the can and that this chemical can be harmful to fetuses and young children, reports the Globe.
Give the scientific evidence regarding the harms of BPA and the fact that BPA in cans leaks into food, food producers still continue to use the chemical as it probably saves them billions of dollars.
And over the past few years, several plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against manufacturers for putting BPA on store shelves. Claims have included violation of state consumer protection statutes, fraud, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, strict product liability, breach of contract, and negligence. So far, manufacturers have settled lawsuits and offered refunds, but it's unclear if any defendant has ever been found guilty of products liability.
As Thanksgiving rolls around, you may want to skip the canned food aisle given the canned food BPA link. There may be negative side effects, but it's unclear if there's any legal recourse.