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12 Jan

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

iStock 000000300520XSmallBy 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!

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

    Graham wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • I hope so! Their fire-roasted tomatoes are the best!

      Gabi Moskowitz wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      JennF wrote on January 12th, 2012
      • 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.

        Karen P. wrote on January 12th, 2012
        • Thank you for pointing this out. “BPA-free” does not equal “healthy/safe.”

          Lauren wrote on January 12th, 2012
        • 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..

          ThePrimalist wrote on January 12th, 2012
        • yes, excellent point. Chris Kresser wrote an article about this recently, it’s highly recommended

          Burn wrote on January 13th, 2012
        • 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?

          Josh wrote on January 18th, 2012
      • Yippie. I totally agree … their fire roasted is to die for …

        Erin wrote on January 12th, 2012
      • 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!

        Jones wrote on February 9th, 2012
      • They’ve been saying this for several years. Has it finally come to pass?

        not wrote on March 28th, 2012
  2. Lol I got a BPA free coffee mug and BPA free tupperware containers for christmas.

    Maureen wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • That’s great, I got the BPA free Tupperware from my secret Santa. It’s great, I think they sell it at Costco.

      Jeff Liesener wrote on January 12th, 2012
  3. 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.

    Heather A. wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      Abel James wrote on January 12th, 2012
      • 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.

        Suzanne wrote on January 12th, 2012
        • 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.

          Rene White wrote on May 1st, 2012
      • 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.

        Elizabeth K wrote on May 1st, 2012
        • 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

          Shirley wrote on July 3rd, 2012
        • 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 tightening the rings as per the instructions.) The website does mention to use a towel to cover but does not state that these are more dangerous than metal lids.
          Also the plastic is safe up to 250 degrees, so people sure make sure to keep the temps lower (and time longer) with these.
          They also seem to seal better with simple foods (mostly acid/tomato) than they do with things like chili and soup.
          And the rubber rings are not eternal-need to be replaced after several uses. And it takes at least 5-6 uses before these lids pay for themselves when equating them with regular metal lids.
          SO it’s really a mixed bag, and a scalded face seemed to be the nix point for us.

          Isabel wrote on November 25th, 2013
    • 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 wrote on January 12th, 2012
      • * 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.

        samui_sakana wrote on January 12th, 2012
  4. 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.

    Zachary Worthy wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      Primal Toad wrote on January 12th, 2012
  5. 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!!

    Abby J. (formerly C.) wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • Do the canning lids for home canning have BPA?!?!

      EZ wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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.

      Ande wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • How about this: don’t turn your bottles upside down. Then the food won’t be touching the BPA.

      Gayle wrote on January 12th, 2012
      • 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.

        Taryl wrote on January 12th, 2012
        • 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.

          Suzanne wrote on May 1st, 2012
  6. 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.

    rudy wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • That’s the best part!!!

      Chuck Dennis wrote on January 12th, 2012
  7. 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 lot products that do not have the Trader Joes brand, like Muir Glen. I tend to gravitate to national brands where you can get quality ingredient info from the company.

    Snauzoo wrote on January 12th, 2012
  8. Snauzoo wrote on January 12th, 2012
  9. 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!

    EZ wrote on January 12th, 2012
  10. 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 wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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.

      Happycyclegirl wrote on January 12th, 2012
  11. 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!

    primalpal wrote on January 12th, 2012
  12. Awesome post!! I’ve been wondering about this lately, so this is a great resource. Thanks Mark!

    Alyssa wrote on January 12th, 2012
  13. yessss. i get all my coconut milk from trader joe’s (it’s cheap and convenient). so happy to hear they are BPA-free!

    Becca wrote on January 12th, 2012
  14. 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!

    cTo wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      Primal Toad wrote on January 12th, 2012
  15. 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.

    Sharon wrote on January 12th, 2012
  16. 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!

    Jason wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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 you :) Thank goodness !

      DComeau wrote on January 12th, 2012
  17. 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!!!

    Milla wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      liberty1776 wrote on January 12th, 2012
  18. 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?

    Donna wrote on January 12th, 2012
  19. 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.

    Carolyn wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      Mimi Lee wrote on September 7th, 2014
  20. This is why I love MDA. Great information

    michael wrote on January 12th, 2012
  21. I’m with Donna – exactly what is the replacement? Still not feeling warm and fuzzy…

    MusicMama wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • Same. But what can ya do?

      Alyssa wrote on January 12th, 2012
  22. 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.

    barry12 wrote on January 12th, 2012
  23. 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.

    Michelle wrote on January 12th, 2012
  24. 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”.

    liberty1776 wrote on January 12th, 2012
  25. 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.

    Princess Dieter wrote on January 12th, 2012
  26. 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!

    dasbutch wrote on January 12th, 2012
  27. You mentioned the Canned coconut milk from trader joes, but do you know about the kind in the 1 qt. cardboard boxes?

    Tim W wrote on January 12th, 2012
  28. 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

    Kristin J wrote on January 12th, 2012
  29. Great post but am wondering if the tetra paks have aluminum lining or what it is they are lined with. Thanks for the info.

    marika wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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!

      Alyssa wrote on January 13th, 2012
  30. 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.

    FoCo Girl wrote on January 12th, 2012
  31. 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.

    ashley wrote on January 12th, 2012
  32. 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 always the right one.

    Nancy wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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.

      Abby wrote on January 13th, 2012
  33. I wish we had “Trader Joe’s” in London, Ontario, Canada. :-(

    Doug D wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • And in Aurora, Ontario… anyone listening?? :)

      Lorn wrote on January 12th, 2012
  34. 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.

    ashley wrote on January 12th, 2012
  35. 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.

    Morghan wrote on January 12th, 2012
  36. 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 wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • that was of course meant to be BPA…

      ravi wrote on January 12th, 2012
  37. are there any BPA free anchovies out there?

    Heather wrote on January 12th, 2012
  38. 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>>>

    Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on January 12th, 2012
  39. This seems really hopeless in the UK. Any know of any BPA-free tuna?

    Anon wrote on January 12th, 2012
  40. Anyone know about Whole Foods brand stuff? (tomatoes, coconut milk)

    Alyssa wrote on January 12th, 2012
    • 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.

      Stephanie wrote on January 12th, 2012
      • Thanks! I’ll be interested to hear what they say!

        Alyssa wrote on January 12th, 2012

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