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The ever changing face of medicine makes it feel like every day there is a new study telling us not to eat that, avoid this, or limit the consumption of something we love.

In a shocking twist then, a new study published in Hypertension this week has highlighted a potential negative consequence that can occur when consuming an excess of canned foods or drinks.

The research, conducted in the U.S, focused on the effects that Bisphenol A (BPA) has when added into the bloodstream. BPA is a common chemical found in products such as plastic bottles and the inner lining of food and drink cans. Prior research indicated an increase in blood pressure after study participants ate canned food for five consecutive days.

But does anyone realistically eat canned food five days a week every week? We doubt it, and clearly the researchers doubted that as well, which gave way to the new study.

The new trial tested subjects 60+ years of age, with one group drinking from glass containers and the other group drinking canned soft drink. Two hours later they measured urinary BPA concentration, blood pressure, and heart rate variability within each of the subjects.

The results found that the urinary BPA concentration increased by a shocking 1600 per cent after consuming canned beverages, compared with the consumption of glass bottled beverages. The results also showed that blood pressure increased by 4.5 mm Hg after consuming only two canned beverages compared with that after consuming two glass bottled beverages. These results are relatively alarming – how many of us drink more than two cans of soft drink a day?

Head of research Dr. Hong reinforces this thought when he stated “the present study demonstrated that consuming canned beverages and the consequent increase of BPA exposure increased blood pressure acutely”.

While the research is merely a preliminary study, it may be safe for those with pre existing heart conditions to think again when at the supermarket. Dr. Hong recommends avoiding exposure to BPA where possible. “I suggest consumers try to eat fresh foods or glass bottle-contained foods rather than canned foods and hopefully, manufacturers will develop and use healthy alternatives to BPA for the inner lining of can containers,” he concludes.

What do you think? Should we be worried about these results? Or is it too early to know for sure? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. Do they ever wonder it might be the crappy soft drink? 😉
    Oh our poor cats & dogs many of them eat canned food regularly.:-(

  2. Like Debra below, we hardly ever eat canned food and the only time we drink soft drink is ginger beer out of a glass bottle once a week when I make a roast lamb, and possibly a lemon, lime and bitters once every now and then when we’re out for a meal; even then it’s only about 1 in three times.

  3. right no more plastic bottles for me : I was using an aluminimum drink bottle for awhile and would just rinse under the tap and refill until one day I got something slimy in my mouth spat it out was black and slimy got a torch and discovered all these black slimy things at bottom of bottle true story so out it went : I’ll buy a small glass bottle from now on if I can find one 🙁

  4. I researched a lot about the BPAs for the two books I am writing. If people only realised how much we load our bodies up with chemicals and hormone disruptors etc they would have a fit. Chemicals in our clothing next to our skin, skin care and hair care products, toxic fumes emitting from paint on our walls and furniture and carpet, cleaning agents full of them. Chemicals in baby bottles, bedding, their toys and especially in anything fire retardent such as their little nighties etc. There is a co-relation with the rise in cancers and other serious health issues since the introduction of so many chemicals into our everyday food, clothing etc around 40 odd years ago. Many have not been tested for safety and nobody has done extensive testing on the culmulative effects either. Babies are born with many toxic chemicals already present in their umbilical cords. My first book is about health and safety in the kitchen and gets into a lot of that stuff. The second I have titled, Natural Baby – Raising Baby In A Toxic World. Both books will be solutions focused. All well to point out how terrible things are. Most of us want answers about how to do things differently.

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    • Yes everything is killing us . but if we managed to cut out everything that harms our bodies .we would still die . its the one thing you cant avoid .

  5. I grew up with parents still paranoid about lead seals/lining in cans so canned food was used sparingly and left overs never stored in the original tin, a habit I still practice. I now treat plastics with the same respect!

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