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Old 04-17-2008, 01:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone NOT use store bought canned food? With all the toxins in the plastic lining of the cans, they are saying it is very dangerous, especially for little ones. I am talking about this article:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,2522881.story


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I wish I could completely stop using canned foods, but there are some things we use regularly - like tomato products. I don't think I have the time or space to grow & can enough of our own tomatoes to last a year.

We also like black olives. I'm sure there are some fancy gourmet ones we could buy that aren't in cans, but not sure if that's in the budget.

There are a few other canned things we use occasionally, like beans, but I could just make sure to always buy dry ones.

We already mostly stay away from canned items, excpet for what I mentioned.

It's probably ok once in a while, but I would be more concerned about eating several canned foods every day.
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that is my problem too. i wish i could find more tomato products in jars.


 

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We use a few. Tomato stuff, olives, tuna. I do use refried beans but I'll be making my own once I get it down. So yeah there's stuff we use but I try to buy fresh or frozen veggies and fruit instead of canned. But some stuff I just can't seem to get away from.
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I'd love to be able to, but we can't afford to. Hopefully this summer we'll get the chance to can our own.
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We avoid it as much as we can but I can't can or freeze enough tomatoes to last us a whole year so right about now is the time we switch over to canned tomato products. We also do canned tuna and DH has some canned soup once in a while. We use considerably fewer canned goods now, though, than we did even a year ago so we are making progress.
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I found this place where we can buy jars of stuff and they look like they also have other good items.

http://www.healthybuyersclub.com/pro...ato%20Products
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Okay, are we screwed?

From about 9-18 months we gave DD lots of canned food. I mean lots. I wanted her to have mostly fruits and veggies to eat, and that was a big part of what we gave her. I seriously did not know any better.

She is now three and a half, and developmentally I'm not worried; she's a smart little thing who has a rough working idea of what Albert Einstein, and his theory of relativity, contributed to the world.

But should I be worried that we've given her reproductive troubles that will pop up later?
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no. because you can't change the past and worry is counterproductive. when you know better, do better.
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I also buy tomato products (mostly diced tomatoes) and beans in cans. Also coconut milk. That's it.

I don't like the way other canned things taste (like other veggies or soups), so we don't buy them.

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Some companies have started taking the toxins out of cans. I know Eden is one that doesn't use any toxins in their cans so I buy their canned beans for when I am too lazy to cook my own.
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well that's good! takes my tomatoes off my list at least.

the only canned food we do are olives and fruit in winter (peaches/pears/apricots in pear juice).

the toms and fruit are what we hope to be able to can this year.
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Wow. Scary. We use a lot of canned food, living so far from a market, and with gas prices what they are, we really have no choice.

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Some companies have started taking the toxins out of cans. I know Eden is one that doesn't use any toxins in their cans so I buy their canned beans for when I am too lazy to cook my own.
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well that's good! takes my tomatoes off my list at least.
Eden DOES use BPA in their canned tomatoes:

Common Brands of Canned Foods and Company Responses

Amy's: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.

Bionaturae: Depends
Bionaturae carries tomato paste and strained tomatoes in jars, but the company says they DO use BPA in cans. However, they are researching an alternative.

Eden: Depends
Company says they DO use BPA in tomato cans. However, organic bean cans do NOT contain BPA.

Muir Glen: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.

Trader Joe's: Safe
Company says they do NOT use BPA.

Westbrae Natural: Unclear
Company email response says "We do not test our packaging for Bisphenol A."

Westbrook Farms: Safe
Company says they do NOT use BPA.

Wolfgang Puck: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.

Progresso NOT SAFE

Source

Native Forest is the only coconut milk I could find that didn't contain BPA. Whole Foods uses BPA in their store brand cans.

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well poo. still, though, they're our only option in winter.
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