Fresh Vs. Canned Food

Fresh vs. canned food on amino dietWe live in a world full of modern conveniences. It is almost too easy to swing by the local fast food chain and pick up something to eat. Most Americans know and understand the risks of eating too much fast food. However, when it comes to prepackaged or canned food we can be easily misled by commercials, advertisements, and so on.

There are a few hidden dangers that you need to be aware of. One major concern we will focus on is Bisphenol A also called BPA. BPA is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic resins and epoxy resins. They often use it to coat the inside of a prepackaged food can, and it accounts for much of the pollution worldwide. A study in American Chemical Society, Nov 2010 said that the amount of BPA in canned food as well as food wrapped in plastic packaging, was almost 1,000 times higher than the “tolerable daily intake” levels set by the EPA. BPA is associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in exposed workers, and food is a major exposure source. We also need to think about our kid’s exposure to these chemicals when planning family meals, as children are often more sensitive to chemical additives than adults are.

Take a look at this release titled “Food Defect Action Levels” to see what the FDA deems as acceptable levels of defect to go into canned and packaged foods. YIKES! Check out the canned mushrooms in particular – but be warned… it’s not good. My guess is that you will want to choose fresh food after reading that.

You can still use some of these foods in your diet, but avoid artificial additives, sugars, and preservatives. As far as packaging goes, look for bulk items or earth friendly containers. While doing your grocery shopping or at the farmers market look for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats/fish rather than prepackaged or canned foods. If you are like many Americans, you lead a busy life and can find the task of preparing fresh cooked meals every day too time consuming. It will be an adjustment. However, we have a few suggestions to make the transition easier.

  1.  Try to keep in mind the saying ‘If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t eat it.’
  2. Save your day off or early day for cooking, and then portion out your meals for the entire week. You can move food from the freezer to the refrigerator, as you need it.
  3. Preparing beans can be time consuming, but you can presoak them a night before and then perhaps make a chili of stew when you have time (approximately 30-45 minutes with presoaked beans) that will last a few days.

As you get in the habit of doing this, it will take less time and become routine. You can find more information about the Liquid Amino Diet in the booklet included with your order. Our Certified Health Coaches are available to answer questions or take orders at 1-1-800-980-7208!

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