Canned vegetables have long been an indispensible part of the average American family’s diet. The two foremost reasons for this is that these processed food items are way more affordable and keep for years as compared to their fresh and frozen counterparts. Add to these the fact that canned vegetables are easily available and ready to eat, too, making them convenient options in this day and age of busy lifestyles.
Though this is the case, the risks of eating canned vegetables far outweigh its advantages. Individuals who care about their overall wellness should strongly consider eliminating canned vegetables from their diet because these processed food items are harmful to one’s health.
Continue reading and discover more about the negative effects of canned vegetables and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this type of food.
Canned Vegetables’ Risks:
Eating canned vegetables can result in botulism, a non-communicable foodborne illness caused by Clostridium botulinum. This pathogen is ever-present and can mostly be found in the soil. When one unfortunately contracts botulism, one’s nervous system becomes impaired, and paralysis, and in serious cases death, may occur.
Botulism is no longer as prevalent as before, thanks to improved food handling methods. However, there are still isolated cases of botulism from eating canned vegetables in the United States. As it turns out, canned legumes and beans, are particularly prone to contamination as these are non-acidic, an environment especially auspicious for growth of the pathogen.
Eating canned vegetables can result in high levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) in the body as well. Long been a key ingredient in making hard plastics, BPA has also been used for decades to line aluminum cans to prevent corrosion. For years, this ubiquitous chemical has been the subject of numerous studies around the world. It’s been found in both animal and human studies that continued exposure to BPA is a major health concern as it is associated with the development of a host of diseases.
For instance, in one animal study, it was found that fetal exposure to BPA increases susceptibility to asthma. In yet another study, it was found that offspring born to female mice exposed to BPA have altered brain and sexual differentiation functions, leading the researchers to believe that the chemical functions as a hormone disruptor and perinatal exposure to it can significantly affect a fetus’ brain development.
In yet other animal studies, BPA’s hormone-disruptive effect during the gestational stage results in lower birth weight in animal offspring. Perinatal exposure results in physical and functional anomalies in the genitals as well as increased risk of breast cancer in female mice offspring. Male mice offspring born to mothers exposed to BPA had higher risk of developing prostate cancer. In male adult rats, meanwhile, exposure to low doses of this chemical resulted in impaired sperm production.
In humans, meanwhile, the effects of BPA are not as studied though they are just as scary. In one Germany-based study, for instance, pregnant women were tested and BPA was found in the fetal and maternal plasma. The male fetuses had significantly higher BPA concentrations than female fetuses, too, levels of which were similar to those that caused anomalies in the above mentioned animal studies.
BPA’s hormone-disruptive capability is becoming more obvious as it appears to be the cause of early puberty in American girls, which in turn is associated with increased risk of uterine and breast cancer. Increased BPA exposure has been linked with obesity in American children as well. In adults, meanwhile, it appears BPA brings about insulin resistance as well as increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
It’s crucial to note that BPA’s structure disintegrates with the application of heat, which means BPA contamination happens as early as the canning process when high heat is applied to the vegetables being canned. This chemical continues to seep into the vegetables as well, and so the longer these processed food items are kept in the shelf, the more likely that their contents have higher BPA levels.
Canned vegetables are full of chemical preservatives and additives like MSG and salt to enhance the taste of these otherwise bland-tasting highly processed food items, further reasons to make you want to completely eliminate canned vegetables from your diet.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables and why you should avoid them to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the vegetables on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Bok Choy
Also avoid if autoimmune disease or nightshade sensitivity:
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