Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BPA found in canned children's food

This is just one of the many reasons why I soak beans overnight, slice fresh tomatoes and eat fresh pineapple instead of opening a can. I only cook with canned food in a pinch.

With a history of estrogen-receptive breast cancer in my family, I personally don't need additional exposure to Bisphenol A, a chemical known to mimic estrogen, especially when there are proven ways to lower exposure.

Consumer Reports found Bisphenol A or BPA in all canned foods and beverages tested back in 2009 which is why the group is calling for manufacturers to stop using BPA. Some countries, including Japan have already removed it. BPA is showing up in the majority of Americans, at rates higher than other populations studied.

Now, new tests of canned food marketed to children also found BPA lurking in the can liners.

It's used in the lining of most food or soda cans (you can sometimes see a white or clear plastic-like liner inside the can). The chemical leaches into food and beverages and has been linked to a variety of diseases including breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Fund tested these 6 canned foods that are marketed to children:

• Annie's Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli

• Campbell's Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth

• Campbell's Spaghettios with Meatballs

• Campbell's Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth

• Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC's & 123's with Meatballs

• Earth's Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup

According to the non-profit group, every food sample tested positive for BPA. BCF says Campbell's Disney Princess and Toy Story soups had the highest amounts. Researchers are concerned because the levels found in these children's foods disrupt the body's delicate, developing hormonal systems.

You can lower kids' exposure to BPA by cutting down on canned and processed foods and eating more fresh foods.

Campbell Soup Company spokesman Anthony Sanzio told Web MD:

"BPA is used by the entire industry as a can lining to protect the food because it is approved for that use," says Sanzio. "We are talking about parts per billion here. These are very small, minute amounts that regulatory bodies have said don't pose a threat to human health."

"We are confident in what the science tells us, but that does not mean that we don't understand the concerns that consumers have expressed," says Sanzio.

Click here to see how to lower your child's exposure to BPA

Click here to read Washington Post article about how BPA lobbyists are trying to stop the chemical from being banned.

Get a fresh perspective on health: Heather's Natural Health

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Heather's 5 Day Fat Fighting Food Challenge

Are you ready to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle? 
Take our 5 Day Fat Fighting Meal Plan challenge to see how you feel cutting out processed foods, sodas and replacing them with real foods to fuel your body!
Dr. Christine Gerbstadt is a medical doctor and registered dietitian. 
Dr. Gerbstadt partnered with Heather to create this 5 day meal plan. It's designed to jumpstart your weight loss, fuel your body and help you get healthy!
The Fat Fighting Meal plan is for busy people who want quick and easy, real food meals.

Most meals are created for two people with leftovers for the next day. Feel free to make the recipes your own... add additional spices, herbs and garlic to give your food an extra kick! 
Each day has roughly 1500 calories. You can chose snacks from the approved snack list but they will add extra calories.
Swap out all soda (including diet!) all week for peach white or green tea. No artificial or chemical sweeteners allowed. You can also swap out meat for beans in many of the recipes.
Try to walk 20 to 30 minutes at least 3 days during your challenge.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1.) Print out your grocery list, Fat Fighting Meal Plan and recipes
2.) Cross off grocery items you already have
3.) Shop and post your calendar so you know what to eat
Day #1
Breakfast #1
Hard-boiled large egg
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit
1 slice whole grain toast with almond butter
Black coffee or tea
100 calorie snack
(Apple with almond butter)
100 calorie snack
Day #2
Breakfast #2
High fiber cereal & skim or almond milk
1 slice whole grain toast with almond butter
Fresh fruit
Black coffee or tea
100 calorie snack
Leftover chicken with sun-dried tomato/spinach/mushroom
1 slice whole grain bread
Fruit or vegetable
100 calorie snack
Day #3
Eat Breakfast #1 or Breakfast #2 any day
Both 400 calories and 20 grams of protein
#1 = 12 grams of fiber
#2 = 16 grams of fiber
100 calorie snack
Leftover turkey burger with Lentil Bean Salad on mixed greens or spinach
100 calorie snack
Day #4
Eat Breakfast #1 or Breakfast #2 any day
100 calorie snack
Leftover White Bean-Turkey Chilil
Fruit or vegetable
100 calorie snack
* Cook all beef but set aside unseasoned portion for spaghetti tomorrow
Day #5
Eat Breakfast #1 or Breakfast #2 any day
Egg can be hard-boiled or cook one egg with 1 egg white
100 calorie snack
Fruit or vegetable
100 calorie snack
Quinoa: Make a pot on day 1 for the week store in refrigerator. Use chicken broth instead ofto add flavor. Add garlic and spices
Beverages: Make a gallon of peach green or white tea for the week to replace soda. No chemical sweeteners allowed.
Fruit or vegetable: Snack on fresh fruit and use vegetables as side dishes.
Optional snacks: Choose from list of 100 snacks on 100 calorie snack list. Hard boil half a carton of eggs for breakfast/snack
Optional dessert: Fresh fruit, 100% fruit frozen fruit bar or 2 whole wheat fig newton cookies or half 70% chocolate bar.
*Real food fat fighting meal plan has roughly 1500 calories each day. Snack and dessert add extra calories. Portion sizes are for two people with leftovers for next day.