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Is Canned Food Bad?

What do you think? Write your answer down before reading the rest of this article. Read this blog to know the reasons and validate what you already know or find out something new.

Why do we get Canned Food?

We live busy lives. Our lives have gotten more hectic than ever before and it’s not going to change any time soon. Not even during a lockdown such as the Covid-19 pandemic, are our lives going to get less hectic and stressed. In fact in the absence of the usual distractions, people are spending more time behind their desks when they are working remotely.

 

Life as we know it has never been hectic free. And thus we strive for convenience. Convenience is one of the most popular terms, a business driver if you will, for any product that is designed in recent times. Be it a product like Fantastic Life that we designed, to provide a convenient way to balance hormones or be it canned foods – convenience is a major driver. “Convenience,” drives a lot of businesses these days. How can you beat the convenience of popping open the lid of canned beans that you can start consuming right away – all you need is a spoon. All you foodies out there – cringe moment right there 🙂 But we are not here to judge – each to their own.

Canned foods are completely processed, and are packed in air tight containers to keep for a very long time. They are inexpensive and are very convenient. But that’s where the benefits of canned foods ends.

So, What is the truth about Canned Foods?

Scientifically speaking, canned foods have a lining. And this lining has been found to contain BPA. Studies have shown that somewhere around 18 out of 21 canned containers contain BPA. Did you know that BPA mimics estrogen? We all don’t need such a constant exposure and supply of estrogen. This is also the reason why there is such a big social movement to avoid the use of plastics, be it bottled water, plastic containers etc.

What is the risk of such prolonged exposure to BPA?

Such a prolonged exposure to BPA has been associated with health risks such as, Cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Obesity and Cancer.  Note the prolonged exposure tinkers with your body’s overall hormonal balance and this can be controlled. If anything the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how thinly spread our medical systems are and therefore how extremely important it is to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

How can I minimize the impact of canned food on my health?

Fibre has been known to play a wonderful role in flushing out estrogen out of the body. Hence, I highly recommend, consuming canned food (if you must) with a lot of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Note enjoy canned food with Fresh fruits and vegetables and not canned vegetables. This allows for the fibre to bind with estrogen from canned foods and flush out the estrogen. At this moment we are not completely aware of how much estrogen fibre can flush out, and hence can’t comment if all the estrogen from your canned food gets flushed out. What we know is some part of it gets flushed out.

So what should I remember about canned foods and my health?

  • Foods that come in cans have a lining that may contain BPA
  • BPA mimic estrogen hormone. BPA was used originally during estrogen therapy
  • Frequent consumption of canned foods, leads to a constant exposure to BPA/Estrogen
  • If you must have canned foods, pair your canned foods with a lot of fibre rich, fresh vegetables & fruits.

 

Pro tip:

  • Review the last 4 grocery receipts and write down the number of canned foods you purchased
  • For each day in the last 7 days, identify how many days you consumed foods that came out of a can.
  • Try to reduce the amount of canned food you consume. Have canned food free days.
  • Try the above out for 1 month and monitor how your body feels.

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