Plus, 6 Tips to Rid Your Body of BPA

Perhaps you’ve already heard about the lurking danger hidden in your canned food and bottled water. Some of these chemicals are called “xenoestrogens” and cause an estrogenic effect that has been responsible for everything from stubborn belly fat to serious health problems.

However, I want to tell you about the most harmful chemical that you are consistently exposed to that comes from canned foods and bottled drinks.

It’s called Bisphenol A (BPA).

The hidden danger of BPA is readily available for your body to absorb from certain plastic bottles you are drinking and from the lining inside canned foods you are eating.

BPAEven small amounts of BPA has been linked in animals studies to:

  • Birth defects
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Fertility problems
  • Heart disease
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Miscarriage

If these health issues are a result of the small doses of xenoestrogens from BPA, imagine the damage of high levels of xenoestrogen from BPA! But, would ever imagine the reason you have stubborn belly fat is from bottled water! Extra abdominal weight is a hidden danger from canned food and bottled water!

Given the wide use of BPA in so many products we encounter every day, avoid the following:

  • Polycarbonate plastic bottles that have a #7 symbol on the bottom (most of them do, anyway).
  • Canned foods – the lining contain BPA that is released into the food.
  • Canned foods and bottled water that have been on the shelf for a long time or exposed to high temperature (like a heated car).

The  Environmental Working Group (EWG) exposed the hidden dangers of BPA by analyzing a CDC a study that indicated 95% of America have BPA in their blood. Why is this statistic particularly disturbing?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports,

“Analysis of our tests reveals that for 1 of every 5  five cans tested, and for 1/3 of all vegetables and pastas (ravioli and noodles with tomato sauce), a single serving would expose a pregnant woman to BPA at levels that fall within a factor of 5 of doses linked to birth defects — permanent damage of developing male reproductive organs.”

If that didn’t scare you, then this will…

The EWG also revealed this hidden dangers of BPA:

“An investigation demonstrating that low doses of BPA spur both the formation and growth of fat cells, the two factors that drive obesity in humans (Masumo et al. 2002).”

Yes, the xenoestrogen BPA is contributing to your “stubborn belly fat” and hidden cancer or other health problems. Does this surprise you?

The biggest BPA offenders are:

  • Canned pastas
  • Canned ravioli
  • Canned tomato pastes
  • Canned sauces

Tomatoes have a high acid quality, which releases the BPA to leach onto the food. Tomato canned foods are therefore some of the most dangerous foods to eat.

6 Tips to Avoid BPA to Reduce Stubborn Belly Fat and Other Health Problems

1. Eat fewer canned foods.

The easiest way to lower your intake of BPA is to stop eating so many foods that come into contact with the chemical. Opt for frozen or fresh foods as much as possible,which usually have more nutrients and fewer preservatives than canned foods. Instead of buying prepackaged foods, prepare your meals from fresh ingredients. They usually taste better, too.

2. Choose Glass Containers Over Cans

BPA free liningHighly acidic foods, such as tomato sauce and canned pasta, leach more BPA from the lining of cans, so it’s best to choose brands that come in glass containers. Soups, juices and other foods packaged in cardboard cartons made of layers of aluminum and polyethylene plastic (labeled with a number 2 recycling code) are safer than cans with plastic linings containing BPA. If you have left overs, store your home made meals in glass containers rather than plastic containers. If you have no other option but canned foods, at least buy canned foods that are free of BPA (as indicated on the label). Avoid plastic wrap, plastic ziplock bags, as well.

3. Don’t Microwave Polycarbonate Plastic Food Containers

If you for some reason choose to use a microwave with

your food (which by the way, microwaved food is thought to have negative health effects), then by all means, do not microwave the food in plastic containers as it can increase the leaching of chemicals including BPA.

4. Choose Plastic or Glass Bottles for Beverages

Canned juice and soda often contain some BPA, especially if they come in cans lined with BPA-laden plastic. Glass or plastic bottles are safer choices. For portable water bottles, stainless steel is best, but most recyclable plastic water bottles do not contain BPA. Plastic bottles with BPA are usually marked with a number 7 recycling code. Better yet, de-plasticize your life!

Another “can” to avoid is a soda can. 42% of soda/pop cans have BPA. But let me tell you, avoid soda like the plague, including diet soda with its dangerous hidden artificial sweeteners.

5. Turn Down the Heat

If you like to drink hot coffee or tea,

avoid drinking from plastic cups because the heat releases BPA into your beverage. Switch to drinking hot beverages in glass or porcelain containers, or stainless steel containers without plastic liners.

6. Practice Moderation

As much as you can try to avoid BPA and other xenoestrogens, you will most likely still be exposed to some levels of xenoestrogens from various chemicals in your foods (from pesticide/herbicide residues, packaging chemicals, etc), chemicals in your water supply, chemicals from cosmetics, lotions, etc.

Chamomile tea for BPAHowever, you can help to protect yourself and counteract these harmful xenoestrogen chemicals in your body with certain powerful phytonutrients in foods like:

  • Chamomile
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Garlic
  • Green teas
  • Onions

In fact, read this article to see how 3 specific veggies can help you to fight abdominal fat by counteracting xenoestrogens.

If you stick to most of these guidelines, you can help to protect yourself and your family from the hidden health dangers of (BPA).  And you can also help protect yourself against the issue of “stubborn belly fat” that can be caused by the xenoestrogen effect of BPA exposure too… which I’m sure you’d rather avoid!

Please share this article with your friends and family to help them protect their health from BPA exposure.


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by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

Author of best-sellers:  The Truth About Six Pack Abs The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

BPA is an industrial chemical widely used in common plastic products, such as baby bottles, children’s toys, and the linings of most food and beverage cans. Share this with anyone you know who is exposed to BPA…

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