Thursday, November 24, 2011


(Fox News / CBS) - Talk about stirring up controversy. A new study shows that the urine of people who consume canned soup can contain surprisingly high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting compound linked to health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. People who consumed one serving of canned soup a day for five days had a more than 1,000 percent increase in urinary BPA over people who consumed fresh soup for five days, the study showed. "We've known for a while that drinking beverages that have been stored in certain hard plastics can increase the amount of BPA in your body," said study author Jenny Carwile from Harvard School of Public Health. "This study suggests that canned foods may be an even greater concern, especially given their wide use." BPA is used in the linings of metal food and beverage cans as well as in certain plastic bottles and dental sealants.

The chemical BPA is dominating headlines after research findings report the agent as being hazardous to your health. Seventy-five volunteers were recruited for the study. Every day for five days, one group consumed 12 ounces of canned vegetarian soup and another consumed 12 ounces of fresh vegetarian soup. After a two-day "washout period," the groups switched soups and spent another five days slurping away. The researchers found that urine samples collected from the canned soup group spiked 1,221 percent over BPA levels over samples collected from the fresh soup group. "It's not about the brand of soup or canned soup, it is about the cans," said researchers, who pointed that "It may be advisable for manufacturers to consider eliminating BPA from can linings." 

Eating canned food every day may raise the levels of the compound bisphenol A (BPA) in a person's urine more than previously suspected, a new study suggests. Bisphenol A, or as it's commonly known, BPA, is a chemical agent used to make plastic. BPA is considered a toxic chemical in Canada.  In the United States, the chemical has been used to harden plastics and as a sealant and bonding agent in canned goods, among other things, since the 1930's.  But new research shows that the BPA concentration found in canned soups could be harmful. As much as possible we should eat fresh foods, avoiding canned precooked food.
A very important factor that combines with the practice of yoga is food.  Try to eat as healthy as possible, and this means to include vegetables, whole grains, fresh fruits  in your daily diet and also increase the intake of soy (which has the same properties of the meat but without the toxins of it).  It is also suggested to reduce or eliminate canned foods. Conserved, canned and frozen food are   essentially considered to be in the mode of darkness, ignorance or tamas, because they are not fresh. Any food cooked more than three hours before eating (unless prashadam or food offered to the Lord) is considered tamasic. Such foods, due to they decompose, usually are musty, tasteless, rotten, filthy and give off a bad smell, so many chemicals are added to preserve them. Yoga consideres food as one of the cornerstones of health along with breathing, exercise, rest and positive thinking.

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