Why you shouldn’t go near tinned tomatoes or tomato sauce

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"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - Miles Kington ... or not putting it in a can.

Tinned tomato sauce or tinned tomatoes are an indispensable food item. Not just when you’re in collage or university. It literally transfers any available produce immediately into an authentic looking Italian dish. A fresh spring of basil and some parmesan cheese on top e pronto! Verdura alla pizzaiola. Buon appetitio!

There is a fine distinction between tinned tomatoes and tomatoes from a glass jar.

The resin lining of tinned tomatoes contain B.P.A. (bisphenol-A). B.P.A. is a chemical that has been used to make certain plastics, such as water bottles or plastic food containers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that BPA is safe at low levels. However it has been banned in baby utilities like drinking bottles, sippy cups, teething rings, toys or the packaging of baby formula.

The American Medical Association says that BPA is an “endocrine disrupting agent.” Your endocrine system is the system in your body that is controlled by hormones. No eye rolling here young man. A man’s life is ruled by hormones too. BPA e.g. can suppress a man’s sperm production.

The chemical BPA messes with your hormones.

But it doesn’t matter. Men, women or kids, you don’t want anything messing around with your hormones. Hormones maintain your blood sugar levels. They affect your metabolism and growth. The hormone adrenaline prepares your body for action.

Other things impact your hormone levels as well, but if you can eliminate one potential dangerous chemical like BPA simply with avoiding canned tomatoes it is a great start to becoming healthier and happier. If hormones are out of whack you might struggle with the following:

7 signs that your hormones are out of whack

  1. Low energy, tiredness or sluggishness
  2. Your sleep isn’t restful, maybe you have night sweats
  3. You have mood swings and get angry very easily
  4. Loss of sexual desire
  5. You gain weight or lose weight without trying
  6. Your muscles and joints are tense, you feel stiff
  7. You are constipated or have frequent bowel movements, maybe diarrhea

The connection: BPA, tinned tomatoes and your health

Now you are asking, why are we talking about tinned tomatoes? The connection is the following. Tomatoes are very acidic. And the acidity of the tomatoes causes the BPA to leach into your food. According to Fredrick vom Saal, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri, “You can get 50mcg of BCA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young…. I won’t go near canned tomatoes.”

So here is the quick tip in regards to healthy cooking and eating:

  • tomato sauceAvoid tinned tomatoes. Choose tomatoes and tomato sauces in glass bottles. Our Italian deli has a wide selection and I bet if you just start looking for glass jars filled with delicious tomato sauce, it’s going to be a hard decision, which one to choose.



Find here a Harvard study about BPA and canned soups form Nov./2011

More to come:

  • Find out what’s wrong with microwaved popcorn, corn-fed beef, farmed salmon, GMO unfermented soy or milk produced with artificial hormones
Why you shouldn’t go near tinned tomatoes or tomato sauce by
Tanja Knapp
About the Author
Tanja Knapp

Tanja Knapp is an Explorer, Adventurer and Happiness Hunter currently camping in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Her roots are in Germany where she grew up on a remote farm. A colony of abnormal cells in her cervix taught her the lesson that would change her life forever. Life doesn't get better by chance, it get better by change. She truly believes in creating happiness & health through constant adapting, growing and evolving. Her super power is curiosity. With her blog she likes to inspire others to explore uncharted territory.

If she is not busy writing, running, swimming or cycling, she is expanding her knowledge, exploring the World, and taking on new challenges.

She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and graduated with an Honors diploma in Holistic Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013. She obtained a Hospitality certification in 1998 and a Marketing Communications diploma in 2004. She has worked both in Europe and North America.

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