Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

Tell Me More
Stay Connected
January 12, 2012

Are Your Canned Foods Safe to Eat?: A BPA-Free Buying Guide

By Mark Sisson
184 Comments

By now, you’re undoubtedly aware of BPA, or bisphenol A, and its ubiquitous presence in can liners, plastics, and even receipts. I wrote about its status as a xenoestrogen with the ability to interact with hormonal receptors in animal bodies, as well as its potentially deleterious effects on humans – especially tiny growing humans – and the general takeaway is that avoiding BPA as much as possible is in all our best interests. We can’t avoid everything, but we can do a fairly good job of it. Luckily, the consumers (that’s you) have spoken up loud enough to get companies to pay attention to the way they line their cans so that while BPA remains a pervasive issue, more and more BPA-free products are being introduced. This is good, but which ones are BPA-free isn’t always evident. Grocery stores don’t generally have a BPA-free section (how awesome would that be?) and some (like Trader Joe’s) don’t even put the label on their products.

Hence this post. What follows is my attempt at a comprehensive BPA-free list of commonly sought-after Primal foods. I tried to shoot for products that are widely available online, but I wasn’t always able. You’ll also note that I stuck to Primal-friendly foods; I didn’t think mentioning the latest BPA-free can of fried gluten with peanuts made much sense, ya know? In any case, here’s the list!

Coconut Milk

Obviously, the best BPA-free coconut product is the coconut itself. Mother nature has always used BPA-free lining (she was way ahead of the curve), so you can safely eat fresh coconut and coconut oil and make coconut milk from the fresh meat and you’ll be fine. But not everyone has ready access to fresh coconut, nor does everyone have the time (or the machete) to open up a coconut and process it into milk. For everyone else, the historic go-to option for coconut products has almost invariably come in a can lined with ample amounts of BPA. Not anymore:

Native Forest Coconut Milk

BPA-free and proud of it, Native Forest offers an organic coconut milk widely available for sale in bulk via Amazon. I’ve never tried it myself, but the reviews – as you can see from the Amazon link – are quite mixed. They apparently source the coconuts from various locales, with Thailand producing the best milk and Sri Lanka producing inferior milk. Again, I don’t know personally, but keep that in mind before you order two dozen cans.

Aroy-D Coconut Milk and Cream

My personal favorite, Aroy-D, comes straight from Thailand (which has the best coconuts, in my opinion) and contains nothing but coconut and water. The tetra-pak versions are completely BPA-free, and the best product is the large quart sized box of coconut cream (which you can treat like a higher-fat milk), but the milk, which comes in both quart and single-serving sizes, is also delicious (but a bit lower in fat, about 2 grams per serving worth). I get mine at the local Asian supermarkets for about 3 bucks a quart.

Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk

I had to call and confirm with the manager of my local Trader Joe’s, but these cans do not contain BPA. The only downside is that they contain “light” coconut milk, which means they have a lower fat content. Not so great for curries, but pretty good for drinking straight or making smoothies. They’re also free of thickeners or weird gums.

Coconut Cream Concentrate in a glass jar

It ain’t milk, but sources say that adding warm water to the coconut cream concentrate will produce a rich, creamy coconut milk. And it’s a glass jar, so you don’t have to worry about BPA at all (though I suppose the lid might have it). Here are US and Canadian links. International shipping is available through the US site, too.

Tomato Products

If you remember from that older BPA post, canned tomato is one of the worst offenders when it comes to BPA exposure. It’s highly acidic, making BPA in cans “essential.” And yet, tomato is a wonderful, even essential food. So – what to do? Bite the BPA-emblazoned bullet and eat them anyway? No. You can can your own tomatoes, but other, safer commercial options are out there:

Pomi Chopped Tomatoes

Pomi Chopped Tomatoes, out of Italy (where I hear they know a thing or two about tomatoes), comes in a BPA-free tetra-pak. Word on the street is that although they aren’t certified organic, they are in everything but name.

Bionaturae Tomato Paste and Strained Tomatoes

This is the brand I currently use. The paste is incredible – it comes in a glass jar (with a BPA-free lid, which is an important point that some people miss, especially when dealing with acidic, BPA-leaching foods like tomatoes; not all glass jars use BPA-free lids), contains nothing but tomatoes, and can be eaten (and often is) straight out of the jar. These are a bit dangerous, because they’re somewhat pricey and I can easily eat an entire jar in a sitting. Maybe I should say “standing,” because I usually find myself polishing one off while I’m cooking in the kitchen. I’ve taken to stocking up on these. The strained tomatoes are also good and come in similarly BPA-free packaging. Members of Tropical Traditions can get better deals in bulk, I believe. I highly recommend this brand.

Seafood

Ah, the sardine. So delicious and nutritious and sustainable and free of mercury and yet so difficult to find fresh. Canned versions abound, but they’re all full of BPA… right? Not so fast. Other options exist:

Wild Planet Tuna and Sardines

My local Costco just started carrying BPA-free Wild Planet albacore tuna, skipjack tuna, and sardines. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Wild Planet, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually tried the products. They’re fantastic. Both the albacore and the skipjack are line and troll-caught, which is a sustainable method of procuring smaller, tastier tuna with less mercury than regular tuna. They’re both high in DHA and EPA, with albacore clocking in at 2.3 g DHA and 720 mg EPA per can, and skipjack close behind with 928 mg DHA and 285 mg EPA per can. The sardines are bone- and skin-in, providing hefty amounts of minerals alongside 885 mg DHA and 210 mg EPA. Oh, and they taste better than any similar product I’ve tried. Check out their offerings on Amazon; international shipping can be handled by calling the company direct.

Update: Mark’s Daily Apple reader Chris emailed Wild Planet to double check my personal experience as noted above and this is what they had to say:

Hello Chris,

Thank you for question about our products. Wild Planet aims to convert all of its canned products to cans with BPA-Free linings. We have successfully done so with all our sardine offerings. Our tuna products were marked BPA-free based on the manufacturer’s certification that the can linings were formulated without BPA. Upon independent testing of these cans we found that while the level is very low there is some content of BPA in the product. We are working on this issue very actively right now and hope to have definitive information soon.

As for the salmon cans, there is no BPA-free lining available in Alaska and our attempts to make BPA-free salmon has not rendered good results. But we will keep trying.

Thank you for question and I hope this helps.
Elizabeth

Thanks, Chris!

Trader Joe’s (certain choices)

Most sources I found suggest that Trader Joe’s seafood comes in BPA-free cans, except for sardines, albacore, oysters, clams, and crab (though they are working to rectify that). So the various salmons and tongol tuna, and maybe the anchovies (but I wouldn’t bet on it) should be BPA-free (but ask a manager first).

Vital Choice Canned Seafood

Way back in 2008, Vital Choice finally figured out how to make all their canned seafood items ship in BPA-free cans, but in 2009, Consumer Reports found trace amounts of BPA in Vital Choice tuna. The company responded, including a section of mild apologism for BPA (which is worrying) and concluding with a declaration of intent to purge all BPA for good. What’s the final word? I would avoid their tuna to be safe and stick to their salmon, sardines, and mackerel, which never tested positive for BPA.

Oregon’s Choice Seafood

A small outfit out of (you guessed it) Oregon, Oregon’s Choice uses only BPA-free cans to store the tuna they obtain from trusted fishermen. Pretty pricey, but it seems to be of the utmost quality. Sadly, they don’t claim that any of their other products are BPA-free, which almost certainly means they are not.

Pumpkin

Add it to broth for a nourishing quick soup, add some gelatin and hot water to make a custard, add it to your dog’s food to prevent diarrhea, or just spoon it straight outta the can hobo-style. Sure, fresh pumpkin is great and not that time-consuming to prepare, actually, but there’s nothing wrong with a quality canned item. Luckily, there are a couple BPA-free options out there, and another on the horizon:

Farmer’s Market Foods Organic Canned Pumpkin

Certified BPA-free, decent online reviews, available from Amazon in bulk. I haven’t tried it myself, but it looks pretty good. They also carry canned sweet potato and butternut squash, all BPA-free.

Pacific Natural Pumpkin Puree

I picked up one of these tetra-paks over the holidays. We were making pumpkin custard and I didn’t feel like peeling, cutting, and steaming a whole pumpkin, and I was about to grab the Whole Foods brand of canned pumpkin when I saw this. It’s apparently quite new, so new that it’s not even on the Pacific Natural website. The custard turned out well.

Trader Joe’s Canned Pumpkin

As of 2012, new cans should be BPA-free, but I wouldn’t count on it just yet. To be sure, ask the manager of your local establishment.

Well, those are the big problem areas in the Primal community as I see it: coconut milk, tomatoes, canned seafood, and pumpkin (and other squashes). Heck, you could probably devise a pretty decent diet out of the aforementioned choices. You’d have your saturated fat, omega-3s, protein, sea minerals, soluble fiber, and antioxidant needs covered. It might not be optimal, but I’d argue that such a diet would be superior to most people’s out there.

Before I wrap this up let me say that companies are changing their packaging all the time, so it’s up to you to be diligent about which cans contain BPA and which do not. This article will age and it’s possible that some of the recommendations I’ve made here will no longer be relevant in the future. Hopefully they still help you find what you are looking for, but just remember to check with the supplier before making your purchase.

Anyway, chime in with comments, tips, and links to other BPA-free products. Thanks for reading, and see you next time!

TAGS:  toxins

Subscribe to the Newsletter

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

Leave a Reply

184 Comments on "Are Your Canned Foods Safe to Eat?: A BPA-Free Buying Guide"

avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Graham
Graham
4 years 8 months ago

I believe Muir Glen canned tomatoes are bpa free now as well

Gabi Moskowitz
4 years 8 months ago

I hope so! Their fire-roasted tomatoes are the best!

JennF
JennF
4 years 8 months ago

From Muir Glen’s web site:

“Muir Glen has been working diligently with our can suppliers to develop and test alternative linings that do not use BPA, and we have successfully identified and tested an alternative that has proven safe and viable in our processing of tomatoes. We are transitioning to cans with liners that do not use BPA as we are canning this year’s tomato harvest.”

Yay!

Karen P.
4 years 8 months ago

Unfortunately, this does not rule out the possibility of harm from the new lining. This is what cracks me up about BPA-free plastic. It’s still full of other toxins.

Lauren
Lauren
4 years 8 months ago

Thank you for pointing this out. “BPA-free” does not equal “healthy/safe.”

ThePrimalist
4 years 8 months ago

That was my thought as well.. what exactly does BPA-free mean.. i.e., what toxins did they manage to replace BPA with? still, it’s a start.. obviously it’s best to avoid it as best you can..

Burn
4 years 8 months ago

yes, excellent point. Chris Kresser wrote an article about this recently, it’s highly recommended

Josh
4 years 8 months ago

I agree as well… plastic is plastic, trading one for another might be a step in the right direction, but glass is a sure bet. Mark, you should make a note of this in your post. I know the coconut concentrate is in glass, and you can get tomato paste in glass… anyone know of any seafood in glass?

Erin
Erin
4 years 8 months ago

Yippie. I totally agree … their fire roasted is to die for …

Jones
Jones
4 years 7 months ago

I talked to a packaging pro who knows general mills and muir glen is not there yet, so wait until they label it! In fact, many Trader Joes items are actually not bpa free. I don’t think store managers really know. It is such a buzz word now I’m guessing when product cans are truly bpa free they will label it as such!

not
not
4 years 6 months ago

They’ve been saying this for several years. Has it finally come to pass?

Maureen
Maureen
4 years 8 months ago

Lol I got a BPA free coffee mug and BPA free tupperware containers for christmas.

Jeff Liesener
4 years 8 months ago

That’s great, I got the BPA free Tupperware from my secret Santa. It’s great, I think they sell it at Costco.

Heather A.
4 years 8 months ago

Hey, just a heads up for home canners, too! The majority of home canning lids now contain BPA in the plastic lining. Golden Harvest (from Canada) is still unlined, but not widely available. Or Tattler reusable canning lids, they are also BPA free but need to be ordered online in most cases.

Abel James
4 years 8 months ago

I read about this – it’s a shame that they make it so difficult to find the BPA-free lids. I love my mason jars!

Suzanne
4 years 8 months ago

I have been using mason jars for everything. No worries about plastic here. I even get my raw milk from a dairy that uses half gallon glass Ball jars.

Rene White
Rene White
4 years 4 months ago

When I was getting raw milk from a family farm, the jars always had a square of wax paper under the lid so that when you shake the milk it doesn’t touch the lid.

Elizabeth K
Elizabeth K
4 years 4 months ago

I ordered the Tattler reusable canning lids from their website and had them in no time. I do not use plastic at all anymore. I have a lot of mason jars and vintage refrigerator dishes with lids.

Shirley
Shirley
4 years 2 months ago

I ordered my lids from them and they were so quick to arrive. I had wonderful results in my canning and I have organic primal Chicken soup. And am working on making grass fed primal chili along with many other items. Chicken, Pulled pork as I am low on freezer space. Tattler lids have sold me on them

Isabel
Isabel
2 years 10 months ago
Just a few warnings about the Tattler lids. These lids do NOT have as good a seal rate as metal lids. So it’s frustrating when you spend all that time cooking and canning and then 30% of your jars don’t seal, OR they come unsealed later in the pantry. Also, there are different and VERY specific instructions on how to use the rings and when to screw down, etc. The boxes DO NOT say use a towel to cover when tightening and my hubby got boiling soup in his face when one seal blew out while still hot (he was… Read more »
samui_sakana
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the info. I just started canning tomatoes this past summer. I thought I was BPA-free 🙁 Goes to show how diligent you must.

samui_sakana
4 years 8 months ago

* Goes to show how diligent you must BE. – One of my New Year Resolutions was to proof-read my internet posts. I’ve already broken it several times over.

Zachary Worthy
Zachary Worthy
4 years 8 months ago

I’m never too worried about BPA; I have trouble enough just avoiding poisonous foods to begin with. I find when I eat real whole foods, I don’t really use that many canned products to begin with anyway. BPA free steel water containers are pretty easy to find, and BPA free tuna fish doesn’t seem that hard to find either, at least for me anyway.

Primal Toad
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in the same boat as you right now. With junk food all around me, I’m very pleased when I am able to eat only primal foods. If I throw canned chicken into a salad like I did today I am not going to worry about it.

I am aware of the problems of BPA. Soon, I’ll probably avoid all BPA canned goods. Even if its a year away I don’t have too much concern.

Stress is a killer too!

Abby J. (formerly C.)
Abby J. (formerly C.)
4 years 8 months ago

Unfortunately I do alot of my own canning (including my own tomatoes for the first time this year!) and finding that the lids have BPA in them recently is big problem!

Hopefully some makers out there will make BPA free lids sometime soon!!

EZ
4 years 8 months ago

Do the canning lids for home canning have BPA?!?!

Ande
Ande
4 years 8 months ago

Tattler lids are BPA free. I have some and they are great. Relatively cheap too but they are only sold online as far as I know. Good stuff. Google them.

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 8 months ago

How about this: don’t turn your bottles upside down. Then the food won’t be touching the BPA.

Taryl
4 years 8 months ago

That was absolutely my thought as well. Cans need head room anyway, there’s no reason the food needs to touch the lid. And even if they do need to be turned for part of it, the exposure time is quite limited.

Then again, I’m also one of those people who isn’t particularly freaked out by BPA.

Suzanne
Suzanne
4 years 4 months ago

When canning, even with the head space and not turning the jars upside down, the product is bound to boil up to the lid when either doing a water bath or pressure canning. I’m switching to the tattler lids for canning this year.

rudy
rudy
4 years 8 months ago

I love the Wild Planet sardines… except for the spinal cord. I know it shouldn’t bother me–the actual spine doesn’t–but seeing that spinal cord (or worse, feeling it in my mouth) is really disgusting to me.

Chuck Dennis
Chuck Dennis
4 years 8 months ago

That’s the best part!!!

Snauzoo
Snauzoo
4 years 8 months ago
Re: tomatoes and home canning. I have been home canning tomatoes from my garden for decades. There really is not a safety issue since tomatoes have a high acid content. My “Bible” for canning is an old Ball brand canning jar cookbook. I do not can non-acidic veggies from my garden, since we usually eat them as we pick them. Our yard is getting too shaded by neighbors trees so last year I bought a big flat of organic tomatoes at a local farm, and we are still enjoying them. Re: Trader Joes products – our local Joes sells a… Read more »
Snauzoo
Snauzoo
4 years 8 months ago
EZ
4 years 8 months ago

I always can my tomatoes as well as any other vegetables or fruits I get my hands on. Once you start using tomatoes from glass jars you can never eat them from a tin again!!! This year my goal is to try and grow and can all the tomato products I need, chunked (chili and salsa) and sauce. I have been working on a bean free chili recipe and I think I got it down so we will be making lots of that!

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

I canned half my tomatoes this year and just froze the other half with the skins on. I just throw them in stews, soups etc whole and pull the skins out afterward. Or, if I need them in a recipe where I can’t throw them in whole, I thaw them in the fridge and the skin comes right off. Easy! Only thing is the thawed version leaves a lot of liquid behind which sometimes messes a bit with my recipe.

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

Oh ya–I also baked roasted whole pumpkins in the oven and scooped out the pulp. I put some in containers and threw them in the freezer. Again, it separates upon thawing but I just use the liquid anyway.

Lastly, there are plenty of articles on PubMed showing that “BPA-free” plastics still contain some BPA. It’s now that ubiquitous that it is impossible to totally eliminate, even in laboratories.

primalpal
primalpal
4 years 8 months ago

I was curious about this a while back and emailed the company that packages the canned seafood I buy (Natural Sea Wild Premium Alaskan Pink Salmon). They wrote back saying they use BPA free cans. Yay!

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 8 months ago

Awesome post!! I’ve been wondering about this lately, so this is a great resource. Thanks Mark!

Becca
4 years 8 months ago

yessss. i get all my coconut milk from trader joe’s (it’s cheap and convenient). so happy to hear they are BPA-free!

cTo
4 years 8 months ago

I just discovered the wild planet sardines at costco as well! I was already getting them because they were the best-value cleaned sardines I could find at whole foods. Getting them by the case for even cheaper is even better!

Primal Toad
4 years 8 months ago

I need to get on this. I noticed they now have canned beef but did not see the Wild Planet Tuna or sardines. I’ve purchased Wild Planet Tuna from Amazon before and it hit the spot. I’d love to have another 12 pack ready for my big ass salads!

Sharon
Sharon
4 years 8 months ago

You can make coconut milk from packaged dried unsweetened coconut shreds. Easy to find several different “recipes” on line.

It is not as thick as canned and has a fresh coconut taste contrary to canned.

It is not difficult to make after you figure out a good method with your tools. If you are like me, making it may be a bit messy.

Jason
Jason
4 years 8 months ago

Yet another toxin to deal with in this chemical-laden world, but is it as dangerous as purported? Yesterday I read that red wine might not be so healthy because the main scientist’s work was fabricated, so who to believe? I think that as long as you are not eating canned EVERYDAY, then ocassional eating of such items won’t matter much. Are you mostly eating whole foods that are primal? Probably ok then. Maybe I’m wrong though and bpa is estrogenizing me as we speak! LOL

Nevertheless, thanks again Mark for finding all the bpa-free brands!

DComeau
DComeau
4 years 8 months ago
Don’t fret over the wine mon amie. Dr. Das was a major researcher into the Cardiovascular effects of resveratrol. There has been plenty of other independant research on the many boons of resveratrol both cardiovascular and otherwise published in many a peer reviewed journal. I wrote a research paper on resveratrol a few years back and when I pop’d it open to check to see if I had referenced any of Das’ work I found 20 or so references to original research where Das had nothing to do with it. So imho red wine is probably still pretty good for… Read more »
Milla
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks so much for covering this! Canned sardines & oysters are my go-to lunch. I order dozen packs of crown prince oysters off amazon, sooo happy they’re BPA-free!!!

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 8 months ago

Your comment made me appreciate living in the smallest state yet ironically has some of the highest national: taxes, unemployment, and corruption. But the seafood. I live 20 minutes from an oyester farm. Love them!

Donna
Donna
4 years 8 months ago

My concern is what are the companies replacing BPA WITH? Will we find out in five or ten years that the replacement lining is worse than BPA?

Zleman
Zleman
4 years 8 months ago

Actually, many of the BPA replacemnets are worse than BPA in terms of their estrogenic activity. Check out these: http://plastipure.com/company/news-room

http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1003220

Carolyn
Carolyn
4 years 8 months ago

Native Forest is “BPA-free and proud of it”? Maybe I’m missing it on their site, but I don’t see anything claiming a BPA-free status. I also emailed them awhile back, asking whether their cans were BPA-free, and I never got a response from them.

Mimi Lee
Mimi Lee
2 years 21 days ago

I can’t find that Native Forrest coconut milk is BPA free either! It says nowhere on the can that it is BPA free. This may be a case of a rumor spreading through the internet that is actually benefiting a company, ha!

michael
michael
4 years 8 months ago

This is why I love MDA. Great information

MusicMama
MusicMama
4 years 8 months ago

I’m with Donna – exactly what is the replacement? Still not feeling warm and fuzzy…

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 8 months ago

Same. But what can ya do?

barry12
barry12
4 years 8 months ago

Has anyone here tried the Tropical Traditions eggs? Their feed isn’t grass fed instead it is coconut based with fish and crab meal. I don’t think they use grain…It’s hard to get grass fed eggs where I am, esp. in this cold weather. Seems like they should be great eggs although their site does not mention the Omega 3 content of their eggs. I’d hope they’d have at least 600 mg. Omega 3 to balance the 660 mg. of Omega 6 in most/all eggs so as to have a near 1-1 6/3 ratio.

Michelle
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the detailed list on BPA free food options. BPA is definitely a concern of mine. It is the reason I tossed out all my plastic water bottles years ago and replaced them with metal ones.

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 8 months ago

I recall Jack Lalanne-isms:

“If man made it, hate it”

I also remeber a saying a long the lines: “If it is made by man, or comes in a can, it is not part of my plan”.

Princess Dieter
4 years 8 months ago

I can attest to the WONDERFULNESS of the Aroy-D milk in the tetra pak. Amazing stuff. I tried thinning the coconut cream (to save moolah), and sadly, it just is not the same. It’s useful for desserty stuff, but not for drinking, imo. But the milk…ah, heaven.

Gonna order the Italian chopped tomatoes. Been looking for BPA safe good ones. TAHNKS.

DaveR
DaveR
3 years 9 months ago

Tetra Pak cartons also contaminate food (even plain mineral water) with hormone-disrupting substances according to this study: http://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/files/6628/fulltext_6.pdf

dasbutch
dasbutch
4 years 8 months ago

as the late great Jack always said, “If man f*#%k’d with it, it’s poison. Too bad he didn’t get the stress thing down. eat foods as close to the source as possible. stay away from process junk!

Tim W
Tim W
4 years 8 months ago

You mentioned the Canned coconut milk from trader joes, but do you know about the kind in the 1 qt. cardboard boxes?

Kristin J
4 years 8 months ago

But what about the BPA-like compounds that can still exist in BPA-free plastics? Chris Kresser has a great post on this: http://chriskresser.com/how-plastic-food-containers-could-be-making-you-fat-infertile-and-sick

marika
marika
4 years 8 months ago

Great post but am wondering if the tetra paks have aluminum lining or what it is they are lined with. Thanks for the info.

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 8 months ago

I wonder the same thing. I’d love a post comparing tetra paks, BPA cans, and BPA free cans. Obviously glass is best, but nothing is sold in glass! I’m afraid that by switching to tetra paks I might be jumping out of the aluminum pot into the teflon frying pan, so to speak.

I envy Grok and his simple existence sometimes!

FoCo Girl
FoCo Girl
4 years 8 months ago

I buy the Native Forest in bulk from Amazon and have only received quality Thai Coconut milk. You can also purchase it at Whole Foods and they do have bulk pricing on most items if you ask.

ashley
ashley
4 years 8 months ago

We love the Native Forest coconut milk. If you keep it in the fridge, unmoved for about 10 days, you can get a nice layer of cream, too. The can says that it is from Thailand.

Nancy
Nancy
4 years 8 months ago
Just wondering, even if the Ball jar lids have BPA, how much is this going to affect food if it isn’t touching the lid when it’s stored? I know that the jam I made last summer has at least 1/4 inch between the top of the jam and the lid. Even if it was something like tomatoes or beans, usually the liquid doesn’t touch the inside of the lid when the jar is upright. Logically, one would assume that without direct contact the BPA couldn’t leach into the food, but over the years I’ve discovered that the logical answer isn’t… Read more »
Abby
Abby
4 years 8 months ago

My husband who is a Ph.D. chemical engineer says that the estrogenic compounds in plastics leach out through liquid contact because the estrogens are soluble in water. This includes steam (I don’t know anything about canning, if you need to put the lids on while the jars are hot), otherwise it’s fine.

Doug D
Doug D
4 years 8 months ago

I wish we had “Trader Joe’s” in London, Ontario, Canada. 🙁

Lorn
Lorn
4 years 8 months ago

And in Aurora, Ontario… anyone listening?? 🙂

ashley
ashley
4 years 8 months ago

The “Bear and Wolf” canned Pink Wild Salmon, available at Costco in rolls of 6 cans, is completely BPA free. I had a long conversation with one of the Trident representatives about this.

I have actually heard that the TJ’s coconut milk isn’t necessarily BPA-free – check out some of the work by Treehugger on this.

As I wrote above, the Native Forest has been excellent – we’ve been doing Amazon subscribe and save (15% off and free shipping) on it for a couple of years now.

Morghan
Morghan
4 years 8 months ago

Most of my canned food is definitely not primal. I cycle it out slowly in case there is ever an emergency and fresh food is unavailable. I’d rather eat junk food than not eat if the market was stripped bare after a disaster, and occasionally eating canned chili or soup can’t be that bad for you.

Still, I prefer to buy as much as possible fresh, and most of the rest in glass jars.

ravi
4 years 8 months ago

be good to mention here that there are common substances that have some documented effect on degrading BPS once consumed –

Black Tea
Probiotics (specifically the good buggie in Kim Chee)
Melatonin

good to know if you have a kid – a tiny piece of melatonin can work wonders at bedtime after a hectic day and help reverse the BPA that may have – probably did get – into your kids system that day (and not feeding sugary desserts ALSO helps get the kid to sleep)–

for big people – black tea and kim chee is an odd but palatable snack-

ravi
4 years 8 months ago

that was of course meant to be BPA…

Heather
Heather
4 years 8 months ago

are there any BPA free anchovies out there?

Dave PAPA GROK Parsons
Dave PAPA GROK Parsons
4 years 8 months ago

If it aint metal…its plastic…and the new stuff they are gonna use…who’s done the tests on that?…Thats why we try to eat as much FRESH as possible…LIMIT the amount of cans in your house as Best you are able to work with>>>

Anon
Anon
4 years 8 months ago

This seems really hopeless in the UK. Any know of any BPA-free tuna?

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 8 months ago

Anyone know about Whole Foods brand stuff? (tomatoes, coconut milk)

Stephanie
4 years 8 months ago

I have been wondering that too. I don’t buy their 365 canned goods (I stick with Tetra or glass), but it would be nice to know. I’ll send them an email.

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks! I’ll be interested to hear what they say!

stacey
stacey
4 years 8 months ago

I believe that S&W organic( I get mine from costco) are BPA free too. Not for sure though. I sure hope so because that’s what I use. I like Native Forest coconut milk and we buy it on amazon all the time!

pat
pat
4 years 8 months ago

Man, living in Canada, I dont know where to find BPA-free lined anything without paying out the ass for it.

Danielle
Danielle
4 years 8 months ago

Just to clarify, the home canning lids shouldn’t really be a problem, right? You are always supposed to leave some headspace in the jar, so no food should be in contact with the lid for extended periods of time during storage. If it is a goopy food, like tomato paste, which might get onto the lid, you can just discard the top half inch and be okay, since the applesauce isn’t really a liquid and the BPA-molecules won’t be traveling freely throughout the jar. So home-canning, if you’re into that, still seems like a smart option.

Jasmina
Jasmina
4 years 8 months ago

Mark, you are amazing. When I read the title, I was thinking “The only canned things I eat are pumpkin, coconut milk, tomatoes and sardines.” Exactly what you covered!

Animanarchy
4 years 8 months ago
Practically everything I eat lately comes from a can. Salmon, fruit.. and yeah that’s practically everything I eat lately, with a few additions like chopped onion and garlic and spice in the salmon and Salvation Army soup. Beggars can’t be choosers. I’m careful with my canned food though to try not to get any extra can lining in it. If there’s salmon stuck to the inside of the can I use my fingers to get it out to avoid scratching the lining off. I do worry a bit about BPA but I try to eat and drink things that cleanse… Read more »
Dawn
Dawn
4 years 8 months ago

Great post! Does anyone know why there are no trader joes in Colorado? Moved here not too long ago and sure miss the TJ’s.

Sarah
4 years 8 months ago

Good timing with this topic!!! I eat pretty clean but still worry about things like the frying pans i cook in and BPA and all that. This week i decided to kick my canned tuna addiction. It was getting out of hand and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t doing me any favours. It’s been all fresh this week and I’m loving it!!! QUESTION: Don’t know if anyone has to avoid FODMAPs (fermentable sugars), but is coconut milk considered a ‘safe’ item (ie it doesn’t cause IBS symptoms)????

bob
bob
4 years 8 months ago

in the solving one problem but creating another department…

be very careful w/ the tetra packs, esp. for coconut milk/cream.

tetra packs usu. require the use of stabalizers…and a frequent choice is gwar gum which is a huge culpret in gut irritation…

so guess we need to pick our poison…

trackback

[…] Link – Are Your Canned Foods Safe to Eat? – A BPA Free Buying Guide – Mark’s Daily […]

Amy
4 years 8 months ago

There is an organic pumpkin puree in a BPA-free tetra pack made by Fig Foods Co. that my local Whole Foods carries. (I’m in California.)

wpDiscuz