3. Canned Tomatoes
A study published in May of 2013 by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences showed that BPA actually affects the way genes work inside the brain of rats. Even the FDA agrees that there is a problem with BPA as it is supporting efforts to either replace or at the very least, to minimize the amounts found in canned foods.
Tomatoes are exceptionally dangerous due to their high acidity, which seems to cause BPA to leach from the lining of the can into the tomatoes themselves. The level of BPA can be very high; in fact you should seriously consider not feeding them to children. There are no standards for labeling BPA, so simply because a can does not say it has it does not mean that it does not contain BPA. To be safe one should avoid cans. Cook fresh or buy glass bottles.
4. Potato Chips
They are rich in both fat and calories, which are sure to cause weight gain. A study published in the New England Journal of medicine found that eating just 1 ounce of potato chips per day causes an average 2 pound weight gain in 1 year. Besides being full of trans-fats which can cause high cholesterol, they have excessive sodium levels which, for many people, cause high blood pressure.
Having artificial flavors, numerous preservatives, and colors as well, by consuming potato chips you are adding something your body doesn’t need. Potato chips are fried in high temperatures to make them crispy but this also causes the creation of a material called acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is also found in cigarettes.
We know it’s hard to say no to your kids demanding chips, hence, as a sneaky alternative, buy for them baked potato chips or tortilla chips which are at least lower in both fat and calories. Air popped popcorn and whole wheat pretzels are another healthier option. If you can get away with it, by far the best option is baked apple chips or banana chips which are dehydrated. Both are crispy and are far healthier than your regular potato chips.
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