By now I am sure that all of you are aware of which (triangled) numbers (found on the bottom of plastic containers) should be avoided when choosing consumable products, and which ones are (semi) safe! But, just so that we are all on the same page (so-to-speak,) with regard to this information, here is the breakdown:
#1 is for one time use only
#3 is unplasticised chloride (cancer and endocrine-disrupting)
#6 is polystyrene (cancer and endocrine-disrupting)
#7 is nylon and acrylic (cancer and endocrine-disrupting)
#4 is (presumably) the best with low-density polyethelyne
#2, #5 are (presumably) safe for re-use
You also know that the offending chemical, ‘bisphenol-A’ (BPA) is an endocrine-disrupting compound (FIBROIDS included) and a cancer-causing agent…it is added to food-bearing containers and has the uncanny ability to leach into our foods. My solution to avoid this ‘pollution’ is to simply AVOID it (don’t buy it!!). Do not buy anything in plastic, but especially those containers that are numbered with the ‘dangerous’ triangulated-numbers! And for geeezle-pete, buy a re-usable stainless steel water bottle and just re-fill it!! I have to admit, (shamefully) that I find myself ‘looking’ at people that drink from those single-serve water-bottles in the same way that I look at folks that smoke cigarettes (still) ~~ are you kidding me?
Recently, I came across a study that was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry that I believe you should be aware of, regarding BADGE!
BADGE is Bisphenol-A Diglycidyl Ether…BADGE!
Badge is manufactured from BPA (bisphenol-A) and is the building block of many many types of resins. These resins…[gulp]…coat the insides of food and drink cans! And exactly like its parent compond, BADGE has the properties that can disrupt your endocrine system much much more profoundly (than BPA)!!!!!
The researchers from The Netherlands and Great Britain wanted to find out if there was any residue left over (from the manufacturing of the can-coating) when these came into contact with sugars, proteins and other small molecules (like ethanol in beer). Prior to this study, the European Union based its regulations (for how much BADGE can migrate from food) primarily on the reaction between BADGE and water!! What!? Water, forsooth!!
This study is important because of the implications for food safety…duh! The findings show how critically important it is to understand the chemical leaching from a can’s contents and the resin that line these cans ~~ what actually happens to the compounds once they interact with the food and beverage.
Water and BADGE reacting (as you might guess) was not substantial enough to worry your pretty little head about, but…the BADGE-glucose and BADGE-amino acid reaction to products, WAS!! (So much for my habitual canned sardine lunches!!) YIKES!
For the experiment, BADGE was added to two types of canned food ~~ tuna in sunflower oil and apple puree ~~ and three drinks, an ale, a stout and a lager. BADGE-added and non-BADGE-added controls were recanned, homogenized and then analyzed three weeks later. And my fellow friends, I regret to report that leftover residues of a compound made from Bisphenol-A…called BADGE (used in food can linings) does react with sugars, proteins and other parts of food!! The lining leaches out to form new molecules (when ‘meeting’ food)…BADGE is it’s name and endocrine disrupting is it’s game!!
As I have stated in the past, Eden Foods is one of the few companies (in the United States) that is organic AND lines their cans BPA-free! But…they do not have sardines, the only canned product that is in our pantry!!
Now that I am aware of this information (about BADGE) hmmmm, am I going to: 1. Jar/cure my own sardines (as we do most things from ‘scratch’), 2. Try to find them in glass containers, 3. Eat them regardless of what I (now) know!?
What will YOU be doing…I am curious!??♥♥
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