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BPA Free Tomato Paste!!!

on February 20 | in Real Food | by | with 23 Comments

Update! Whole Foods is now carrying Bionaturae BPA-free tomato paste in jars. Woohoo!

About six months ago I realized that two of my favorite kitchen staples — organic tomato paste and black olives — contain BPA. As far as I could tell, there was no getting around it . . . The BPA is in the metal cans, and my beloved Whole Foods Market does not sell any tomato paste in glass jars. Bummer. The FDA won’t regulate BPA in food originating from canning, despite the danger it poses to people who eat it.

Time to get creative. I wasn’t about to serve my family BPA contaminated food. I started making my own tomato paste using this recipe and freezing the paste instead of canning it. It was okay, but less flavorful than what I’m used to. Plus, I am all for making things from scratch but it’s nice to be able to throw a quick meal together once in awhile! Recently, though, Gigi found two wonderful companies that sell organic tomato products in jars!

Bionatrae packages tomato paste and strained tomatoes in jars. I would avoid their canned products as they do contain BPA.

How do I get BPA-free Tomato Paste?

Neither are stocked in local stores, but you can buy the Bionaturae tomato paste and Bionaturae strained tomatoes on Amazon.

Lucini Italia Organics has 100% BPA-free foods packed in glass.

100% Organic Tuscan Harvest Plum Tomatoes – Diced, Peeled

100% Organic Tuscan Harvest Plum Tomatoes – Whole, Peeled

Check them out at http://www.lucini.com

What the heck is BPA, and why should I care?

Most people, before they adopt a new eating habit, tend to share the same thought: Everyone’s already eating SOME kind of canned food, right? It can’t be THAT bad.

Here’s an informative quote from an article on Mercola.com:

BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which means it mimics your body‘s natural hormones and can trigger major changes in your body. Of 115 published animal studies, 81 percent found significant effects from even low-level exposure to BPA.

Later in the article, Mercola says,

For this reason, women of childbearing age and those who are pregnant should be especially diligent at avoiding BPA, but practically no one is immune. A study last year found the chemical can lead to heart disease, diabetes and liver problems in adults, and previous research has linked BPA to:

• Structural damage to your brain
• Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning
• Increased fat formation and risk of obesity
• Altered immune function
• Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive cycles, and ovarian dysfunction• Changes in gender-specific behavior, and abnormal sexual behavior
• Stimulation of prostate cancer cells
• Increased prostate size, and decreased sperm production
• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• Liver damage

I hope you found this information helpful. Let me know!

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23 Responses to BPA Free Tomato Paste!!!

  1. i didn’t even know what bpa was! thanks for this info. one more thing to add to my “start eating healthier” list!

  2. Kate says:

    loving your posts!

  3. Kate says:

    Also, I thought Muir Glen lined their cans so that they won’t leach. Am I wrong?

    • Heather says:

      I haven’t contacted the company myself, but several sources that have say Muir Glen (a subsidiary of General Mills)does use “trace amounts” of BPA in their epoxy liners. Not sure how current the info is, all companies that confirmed they use BPA say they are “exploring other options.” Don’t know if they ever get around to implementing them.

      Here’s a excerpt from a letter released by Muir Glen confirming their use of BPA:

      “Thank you for contacting Muir Glen regarding bisphenol A in food packaging. Bisphenol A is a critical component of protective coatings used with metal food packaging and provides important quality and safety features for canned foods… The can coatings used in Muir Glen packaging comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements for use in food contact applications. These coatings have long played an essential part in food preservation, helping to maintain wholesomeness, nutritional value, and product quality.” Source: http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/2847/muir-glen-replies-to-consumer-letter-about-bpa-we-dont-care

      Other helpful sources:
      http://organicgrace.com/node/316
      http://eight.pairlist.net/pipermail/psgc4coop/20070815/000147.html

  4. Nicole says:

    We switched to getting Pomi tomatoes in the box. I noticed at Central Market that they also had a tomato paste in a tube or box (can’t remember?). Anyhow, I am hoping these are also BPA free. Do you know?

    Also, when you have a moment I would LOVE for you to post your knowledge about electromagnetic fields and that fancy necklace thingy you wear around your neck. : ) Very intriguing!

    Beautiful blog, Heather. Great job!

  5. Vanessa says:

    thanks for the recommendations on where to buy the paste in a jar!

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  8. mo says:

    Does Bionaturae have BPA in it’s lids?

    • Heather says:

      Mo – I think it does. I know mason jars for home canning do. Although I’d prefer them not to, the lids are a non-issue for me because the paste doesn’t touch them and I’m not aware of any alternatives.

      • Meg says:

        Sorry to break this to you (and I understand compromise when your only alternative is no tomato paste in your life).. but what’s on the lid does affect what’s in the jar. During the canning process, high heat and/or high pressure is used, and the superheated moisture and steam inside condenses on the jar underside and drips back into the food. It has to be better than the entire can being coated, but it is still contamination with BPA. I too have been heartbroken over tomato paste. One thing I do to make sauce without canned OR jarred (or worst, in a plastic tube!) paste, is throw ripe (or better, overripe) tomatoes in the blender, puree, and reduce in either a wide stainless saucepan on the stove, or in a glass bowl in the microwave, to the desired thickness, season, and serve. It’s not the quickest, but the results can be made in large batches and frozen in one-meal amounts.
        Other than that, no solutions here.

        • Heather says:

          Dang! I didn’t think of that, Meg. I make almost everything from scratch and **can** do tomato paste but I just don’t want to. Plus mine is never quite as thick as store bought so when I share recipes here I’m always unsure of how much to recommend. When I do make it I freeze instead of using the high heat/high pressure methods but lately I’ve just been using the Bionature. Now I have to rethink that. **Sigh**

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  10. Meg says:

    The question I have is, even though jars have to be an improvement, have you found jars WITHOUT the white BPA undercoating on the metal lid? That is BPA too…and yes, the white underside of Ball home canning jar lids is, you guessed it, BPA also. Once upon a long time ago, the antique ball jars had white ZINC undercoatings, but nowadays it’s the same stuff that lines metal cans, and is the same stuff that’s on the underside of glass jar lids. *Sigh*

    For that reason, I am looking into European-style all-glass WECK home canning jars (they come with a natural latex rubber gasket and something to clamp them together while pressure canning). They are as pricy as they are beautiful, but what’s the point in home canning when you can’t otherwise do it without BPA lids?

  11. John says:

    Are you sure there is no BPA. Just because it is glass does not mean it is BPA free. The metal on most glass jars also uses BPA, there is just less of it.

  12. Michele says:

    Thanks for info! I find it ironic that you have an ad on your site in the middle of the article for products that contain ingredients that can also be very bad for people!

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