cans without labelsYou probably heard of BPA, (Bisphenol-a), but you may be mystified about it. BPA is a common chemical additive used in many hard-plastic products such as water bottles and storage containers, as well as thermal-printed receipts, newspapers, and money! Researchers have estimated that you could be absorbing a few nanograms of BPA every day just from handling paper currency. BPA is also used in the linings of many canned goods to prevent the metal from affecting the food.

By now, several studies have shown that BPA can disrupt our hormonal, behavioral, and neurological systems in our bodies, and has been linked to prostate cancer, diabetes, and other serious health conditions.

At Natural Value, we take these studies very seriously. We work with each of our many manufacturers to switch from BPA-lined cans to BPA-free or non-intent BPA can linings. However, it can take a year or more for the new, safer cans to work their way into the production stream.

We know this information is important to you, so we post updates on our manufacturers’ progress. You can find those updates on our BPA Status page.

What can you do about BPA exposure? Besides avoiding plastics and canned goods that aren’t labeled BPA-free, evidence suggests that taking a quality probiotic formula, eating fermented foods (like homemade fermented vegetables, raw grass-fed organic kefir, or Kimchi), or other products such as black tea, royal jelly and the flavonoid quercetin, may make all the difference in protecting you from the damaging effects of BPA. These products help the “friendly bacteria” in our gut to degrade BPA, as well as reduce the intestinal absorption of it.