Canned foods and sliced turkey were found to be contaminated with the plastics chemical BPA, which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction.
What about food sources of BPA, a plastics chemical “used for lining metal cans and in polycarbonate” as opposed to PVC plastics. “In humans, BPA is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and male sexual dysfunction in exposed workers.” “Food is a major exposure source, but there weren’t any studies reporting BPA in U.S. fresh, canned, and packaged foods in the scientific literature, until now.
Before we get to what they found, what do they mean by male sexual dysfunction? The relationship between urine BPA level and declining male sexual function. “Increasing urine BPA level was associated with decreased sexual desire, more difficulty having an erection, lower ejaculation strength, and lower level of overall satisfaction with sex life.” "This finding may have important public health implications given the widespread human exposure to BPA.” But from where in our diet in particular?
They measured BPA levels in over a hundred fresh and canned foods, foods sold in plastic packaging, and in cat and dog foods in cans and plastic packaging. Nearly all the canned foods were contaminated, from green beans to sardines, tuna and V8 to Chef Boyardee. There was only one fresh, noncanned food that had detectable levels. So if you don’t buy canned foods, or stick to BPA-free canned foods, the only food left to worry about appears to be sliced turkey.
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I've previously covered BPA in Which Plastics Are Harmful?, in which I go through which "numbers" of plastic are probably safest. My other video on plastics chemicals, similarly found particularly high levels in poultry. Eden Foods is one of the few manufacturers that doesn't use BPA. See my blog about their canned beans: Do Eden Beans Have Too Much Iodine?. For more on male sexual health see Xenoestrogens & Sperm Counts, Watermelon As Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction, and my two prostate enlargement series Prostate Versus Plants and Prostate vs. a Plant-Based Diet. I have 35 videos on men's health and hundreds of others encompassing more than 1000 topics.
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