Is Tin-Canned Food Really Good for Us?

Sabrina Yock, Columnist

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It is no surprise that tin-canned food is used by at least 98% of the world’s population. They are affordable alternatives when fresh options are not available or a necessity to one of your favorite recipes! You know what is in the cans, most of the time, but do you know what the cans are made out of?

The cans are made out of a thin layer of steel with a coating of tinplate, tin-coated steel in other words. Studies have recently shown that when the preserved food items sit in the can for too long, BPA steps through and contaminates the food. Granted, the food is still good to eat, but the BPA could cause health problems down the line. BPA stands for Bisphenol which is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics. Another issue is aluminum. Aluminum is another popular element for making cans, it is a cheap resource and is easily accessible. With that being said, aluminum is a soft/lightweight metal and it very malleable. Which means it is easier to melt. If the can is in the wrong temperature, the aluminum could melt and contaminate your food. This is not an often occurrence but it is very possible to happen.

This article was not written to guide you away towards not using canned food, they are a great alternative and can be easier for your lifestyle. But it is also good to be aware of what you are putting into your body and how you obtain your nutrients. Having a healthy lifestyle if the best lifestyle you could have!

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