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Why should we avoid canned food?

Probably, you have heard of the word Bisphenol-A, which is present in plastic products. Bisphenol-A or BPA is used in the lining of plastic or canned goods. Why should we avoid canned food? You can have a look on following important points:

  1. Bisphenol-A or BPA present in canned goods can mimic with your body hormones and interfere or disrupt the normal functions of them, so BPA can alter the endocrine response. Endocrine system in the body has a very vital role in regulating growth and development, mood, metabolism and even your reproductive processes. BPA can cause problems of low sperm count, early puberty and early development of the mammary gland. In addition, this chemical might also be responsible for cancer, heart diseases, and ovarian dysfunction or irregular periods.
  2. If you are pregnant, BPA may cause to chromosomal errors in your baby. Moreover, it may cause miscarriage.
  3. If you are eating canned foods regularly, you should avoid it as it may increase your BPA levels. If you take canned soup or juice for five days, BPA levels increase more than 1000% according to a recent study.

Do you know?

When food is canned and sealed in a container, it is heated at high temperature to destroy organisms inside. It helps companies to sell and preserve their products for a long period. However, sterilization is not a bad thing to do, but it also destroys your essential nutrients inside. Canned foods do not contain significant amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Therefore, I think, you will prefer to eat healthy food rather than packed foods.

Tips:

  1. Develop a habit of eating homemade fresh foods.
  2. Avoid canned foods as much as possible as it will prevent you from unnecessary chemical exposure.

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Dr. Anu Saini

Dr. Anu Saini (B.A.M.S., N.D.D.Y.) is a Licensed Ayurvedic Practitioner under Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) Act India and Board of Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine, Chandigarh since 2008. She is also a Naturopath. She is working for ‘Ayurveda Clinic’ in Rupnagar, Punjab, India. She has experience in the ayurvedic treatment of women health problems, children problems and chronic diseases. She integrates naturopathy with yoga to help her patients to achieve optimal health. She works as ‘Senior Editor’ for Ayur Times.

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