How often do you eat canned soup?
If the answer is once per day, watch out: You’re exposing your body to potential carcinogens.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who consumed just one can of soup per day for five days had an 1,221 percent increase in BPA in their urine. BPA is a dangerous chemical–in large amounts, it can disrupt estrogen hormones, increasing the risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.
On the contrary, people who opted for freshly prepared soup did not have higher concentrations of BPA in their blood.
Cans are often an ample source of BPA, which, over the long-term, could theoretically increase the risk of cancer.
Karin Michels, senior author of the study, cautions people to avoid consuming canned food due to this risk.
That’s good advice. When possible, buy food fresh or frozen–though canned varieties are more convenient, they’re packed full of carcinogens.