Wherever possible, use fresh or frozen foods when preparing food for yourself. Try to avoid cans all together, and if you cannot find an ingredient unless it’s in canned form, just swap it out for something else. Why?
1. Cans are often laced with dangerous toxins.BPA or Bisphenol – A is one of the toxins that is often found in cans, that can leach into the foods they contain. BPA is an artificial estrogen that has been linked with heart disease, blood sugar issues, miscarriages, low testosterone in men and prostate and breast cancer.
2. Canned foods also generally contain astronomical levels of sodium. Canned foods can contain up to 15% more sodium than their non canned home cooked counterparts. Excess sodium can cause blood pressure and other heart issues. It is much better to prepare your own foods so that you can control the amount of sodium you add to you foods.
3. Sulfites are another component of canned foods that you want to avoid. Sulfites are preservatives that are added to foods to extend their shelf life. Many people are seriously sensitive to sulfites, and others are a little less sensitive, but still react. Sulfites can cause such reactions as wheezing, coughing and skin rashes. Other names for sulfites are sulfur dioxide, potassium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite or sodium sulfite.
4. Canned foods are also heated to an extreme degree. Canned foods are heated so high for so long in order to kill off any bacteria or other pathogens that may be in the food. This process also kills off many of the heat sensitive nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and it changes the structure of the proteins in the foods. The reason canned foods last so long, is because anything that could degrade has been killed! These foods are extremely nutrient depleted.