Another day, another food to scratch off your list. This one is for any of you purists who insist on making your spaghetti sauce (or gravy) from scratch and use canned tomatoes. In fact, I’m going to suggest doing your best to avoid canned products altogether. The reason for this is that the lining of most cans contains plastic made with BPA (Bisphenol A). Tomatoes are particularly problematic because the acidity of the tomatoes causes the BPA to leach into the tomatoes themselves, and thus the BPA is transported most effectively and efficiently into your unsuspecting belly.
BPA contains estrogenic properties and has been linked with obesity, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, increased sensitivity to drug abuse and brain development problems in infants and small children. In general, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA. Canada and the EU have banned BPA in baby bottles, but the United States has not.
Bottom line: avoid killer canned tomatoes (buy tomatoes in glass jars or can your own, instead), minimize your use of canned goods (especially for children) and look for the BPA free logo.
*photo courtesy of Monster of the Day Halloween Drawings