2. Canned Tomatoes
People like to use tomatoes as the base ingredient in a variety of recipes throughout the world. Nevertheless, numerous cooks are increasingly utilizing canned tomatoes rather than fresh tomatoes, because canned tomatoes have a longer shelf life and provide more flavor and color compared to fresh tomatoes.
Nutritionists have raised the alert on canned tomatoes. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical that makes up is a part of the lining of cans that contain the tomatoes, as well as and other canned items. BPA is a barrier between the can’s surface and the canned food, which keeps the metal and corrosion from mixing with the food. Exposure to BPA, which is believed to act like estrogen in the human body, can lead to health problems, such as:
- Higher risk of cancers like breast and prostate
- Sperm defects
- Hormonal disruption
- Reproductive harm
- Heart disease
- Organ malformation in children
- Brain impairment and neurological effects
Canned tomatoes are worse than most canned foods, because tomatoes are acidic; hence they draw out more BPA from the lining of the can. In as much as canned items are not beneficial to the body, tomatoes are some of the greatest culprits. As per the research done by Consumer Reports, a few servings of canned tomatoes are over the limit that is considered safe for BPA exposure to children per day.
A few organizations chose to make BPA-free cans. In any case, they are not as beneficial as they appear, since they substituted the BPA in the can lining for another chemical called Bisphenol-S (BPS), which has more or less similar health risks to BPA.
Here are some alternatives to canned tomatoes:
- Fresh tomatoes from the market or garden
- Blend and can tomatoes on your own when they are in season and store them in glass containers for future use
- Buy tomatoes from companies that sell them in glass bottles or jars, and keep away from cans
- Use Tetra Pak packaging has no BPA