There’s lead in our children’s toys. Cadmium in our drinking glasses. Melamine in our dog food. And now? It turns out there’s BPA in well…practically everything.
Okay, not everything, but virtually all the canned food we eat sits in cans lined with the stuff. It also coats almost all of the receipts we handle on a daily basis.
So what’s the big deal? Well, BPA has been linked to increased insulin resistance and higher cancer rates. A worrying trend, to be sure. As a result, consumer watchdogs are advising everyone to stop using foods packaged in metal cans, imploring us to rely on fresh, local foods instead.
Excuse me while I go bang my head against a brick wall.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for using local, organically-produced foods whenever it’s practical. But a lot of the recipes I make? The “homemade” foods I cook so my family doesn’t end up eating McDonald’s Happy Meals and Hungry Man dinners? Require using things like tomatoes, beans, pumpkin and sometimes even condensed soups – all of which are packaged in those pesky metal cans.
And I don’t know how things look in the produce section of your grocery store in January, but here in Indiana, it’s a bit bleak. Plus, the things that are local and organic? Are ungodly expensive.
So I’m sorry, but I refuse to get all up in arms about this one. After all, I’m guessing I’ve been eating from those BPA-lined cans all my life. Chances are it’s too late to undo the damage by now. Anyway, I’d rather die of cancer than Alzheimer’s (a very real threat in my family).
And as for Tori? Well, she’s living on scrambled eggs and macaroni and cheese right now. Getting some tomatoes down her would be a blessing – even if they are laced with BPA.
That’s my take on it. How about you, dear readers? Will you be boycotting metal cans?