Vegetables and fruits are good for you, right?
But unless they’re raw, you need to take into account the way that the vegetables or fruits were prepared and packaged in order to determine whether they’re really as healthy as you think they are.
In the case of canned tomatoes, it’s safe to say that they should be eliminated from your diet completely.
That probably sounds like a bit of an overstatement… at least, until you begin to consider the many reasons that canned tomatoes are bad for your health.
First and foremost, any canned tomatoes have been cooked at least partially, which removes important vitamins and nutrients from the fruit. (With a very few exceptions, raw – or even frozen – is pretty much always better for you.)
One of the most important reasons to eliminate canned tomatoes from your diet is because of the heavy presence of bisphenol-A (or BPA) that can be found in these products.
BPA is present in virtually all canned and bottled products. It can present numerous risks to individuals, especially children, and studies indicate that it could lead to an increased risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. Other risks of BPA include:
- Mental disability in babies
- Heightened miscarriage risk
- Reproductive problems
- Organ malformation in children
… and this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as BPA is concerned, as researchers are discovering new risks with this harmful chemical on a regular basis.
But why canned tomatoes specifically?
The answer to that is in the chemical composition of tomatoes themselves. Tomatoes are highly acidic. This acidity effectively leeches out the BPA, leading to vastly increased levels of the chemical in canned tomatoes.
So even if you find it inconvenient or impossible for your lifestyle to cut out all bottled and canned goods, you should definitely look for an alternative when it comes to canned tomatoes.
The best option is always to simply use fresh tomatoes. You can easily create your own tomato purees, sauces, and pastes with just a little bit of effort. Of course, not everybody has the time to cook with fresh tomatoes on a regular basis.
If you enjoy cooking and you have a little kitchen know-how, think about learning how to jar your own tomato sauces for a great alternative that will be fresh, delicious, and free from BPA.
As an added bonus, being able to control what you’re putting into the sauce and how you’re making it will also ensure that you’re avoiding other chemicals, such as preservatives – a bonus that is sure to please the health-conscious chef.
But for a quick and easy alternative that will cut out the BPA, you can always turn to jarred, organic tomatoes. You can find these at most specialty food stores, and a larger number of grocery stores are carrying these products. This small change can have a big impact on your health.[mks_toggle title=”sources” state=”close “]