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?
Lucini Italia Organics has 100% BPA-free foods packed in glass.
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
• Heart disease
• Liver damage
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