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Canned Foods’ Consumption: A Gradual Suicide

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Moses Richoffor

Food fortification has made much progress since the food processing industry revolutionised, but it has also caused adverse effect on the health of consumers. Primarily, food-processing industries use canning as a method during food processing and preservation. However, using primary processing methods like cooling and drying is quite safer than canning because the canning process enables the concentration of particular chemicals and nutritional components which have deadly effects on the human body. Can products contain compounds that may look and even taste good but have sinister consequences on every of its consumers and patronisers.

One of such is compound Aluminum. Aluminum foils that wrap foods and those in Coke, Pepsi and beer cans can leech into food and drinks. Also, Aluminum added to baking powder, table salt, cake mix and processed cheese accumulates into various tissues in the body once ingested. In tissues within the Kidney, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid, it competes with calcium for absorption and it can result in skeletal mineralisation. In infants, it retards growth. It could also lead to malfunction of Blood Brain Barrier, stomach and intestinal ulcer, gastrointestinal disease, heartburn, headaches and hyper activity.

Since there is really no way to be 100% aluminum free, its best cure is to measure and remove them from the body. The Aluminum Heavy Metal Test Kit is a simple test that one can perform to determine whether one’s Aluminum level is within safe parameters. And if it is not, medicines and metal cleansers can help remove the substance from body tissues.

Also, study has shown that many canned goods still contain Bisphenol A-based epoxy (BPA), a chemical known to have links to breast cancer, reproductive problems, heart disease and other illnesses. The world’s largest food companies and brands coat their metal food cans with BPA. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, BPA was found in 93% of urine sample testing in America meaning that people are regularly being exposed to the Bisphenol A-based epoxy. A study conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG) states through its Research Director Reeve Director, that less than one-third of the 252 brands surveyed use BPA-free cans for their products. 43% gave ambiguous, incomplete answers to the use of BPA while others did not respond entirely. According to EWG, BPA copies thyroid and sex hormones in both animals and humans. It has been revealed to alter the brain and nervous system development as well as change reproductive system, even at a low exposure.

To this effect, numerous countries like Canada, the European Union and China have banned BPA use in baby bottles and baby food packaging. In essence, there is a need for the Food and Drug Control Agencies to strictly monitor the production of canned foods in domestic companies as well as scrutinise can foods’ importation from other countries.

Another adverse effect of canned food is in the food modification process that its food undergoes. Advanced food processing techniques of separation such as centrifugation, milling and pressing have enabled the changing of nutritional content of canned foods, saving some nutrients while removing others. One major nutrient that features in most food processing procedure is sugar. Canned and coated foods like drinks; lollies, cakes, biscuit, pies and pastries contain sugar, which researchers say is fraught with health problems.

Researchers argue that eating sugar puts one at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and it could pose effects that abusive drugs like cocaine and heroin have on the skin. According to Dr. Nora Voller at the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Psychology, “sugar leads to dopamine release at the nucleus accumbens -an area of the brain associated with motivation, novelty and reward. This is the same brain region implicated in response to cocaine and heroin. Certainly, consumption of canned foods is very detrimental to healthy living.