Whether your issue is taste or price, homemade beans cannot be beat. They are tastier and cheaper than canned beans and easy to prepare.
Sometimes, however, you don’t have the time to prepare homemade beans but still want to make good choices for preparing healthy meals. Two issues affect your choice regarding which product to buy:
- What’s in the can besides beans?
- Is the can BPA free?
What’s in the Can Besides Beans
Some beans may seem healthy but careful checking of the label may indicate aspartame, bleach, high levels of sodium and other ingredients or preservatives best avoided.
Look for BPA Free Cans
Many of us, including moms and soon-to-be moms, are aware of the hormone disruptor BPA (bisphenol A) used in the linings of most canned goods. Hormone disruptors (*see Learning From our History below) may be linked to high rates of breast cancer, endometriosis, prostate and testicular cancer, decreased sperm counts as well as thyroid disorders, diabetes and behavioral abnormalities in children. So buy beans in BPA FREE cans. For more information visit these links.
- BPA Free Canned Food Pocket Guide
- Bisphenol A: Toxic Plastics Chemical in Canned Food
- FDA Updated March 2012: Public Health Focus > Bisphenol A (BPA): Use in Food Contact Application
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains Endocrine Disruptors.
- Eden Organic has had BPA free canned beans since 1999. See Eden Foods – Eden Foods Bisphenol-A (BPA) Free Pioneer
Where are we today?
- 2012 – FDA bans BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups
- BPA remains in most canned goods and other product containers. For more visit Toxics in Our Lives: Bisphenol-A and Who We Are : Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
Learning From Our History
” The relationship of human diseases of the endocrine system and exposure to environmental contaminants, however, is poorly understood and scientifically controversial (Kavlock et al., 1996, EPA, 1997).
One example of the devastating consequences of the exposure of developing animals, including humans, to endocrine disruptors is the case of the potent drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic estrogen. Prior to its ban in the early 1970’s, doctors mistakenly prescribed DES to as many as five million pregnant women to block spontaneous abortion and promote fetal growth. It was discovered after the children went through puberty that DES affected the development of the reproductive system and caused vaginal cancer. Since then, Congress has improved the evaluation and regulation process of drugs and other chemicals. The recent requirement of the establishment of an endocrine disruptor screening program is a highly significant step.”