Scary New Trend – Canned Food Tied to Heart Disease?

By: Bel Marra Health | Heart Disease | Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:36 PM

canned food tied to heart diseaseYou have probably never thought that opening a can of soup for dinner would increase your risk of heart disease, but new research suggests that this may be the case. Canned food, in general, is popular because it’s affordable and convenient, but if you want to live longer and healthier, you may want to pass on it. There are a number of ingredients in canned food that may pose a risk to your health, including increasing your risk of heart disease.

Sodium

Most canned foods contain high levels of sodium. Sodium helps to extend the shelf life of canned goods. Sodium also acts as a food enhancer, improving the taste of the food you eat. The recommended daily allowance for sodium intake is 1,500 mg for adults. If you consume a lot of canned food, you will quickly exceed your sodium RDA. Sodium is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure and high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Choosing canned goods with lower sodium content is a simple way to decrease your salt intake. Lower sodium content canned goods will have less of an impact on your heart disease risk. If you’re worried about heart disease and you want to implement some cardiac care tips, cutting out canned goods is an easy diet change.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A is an organic compound that is used in plastics and epoxy resins as well as in the lining of cans to prevent corrosion. BPA has been linked to a number of health problems including: male infertility, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that individuals who ate one can of soup; five days a week has significantly BPA in their urine than individuals who ate fresh soup. There is significant cause for concern, as the increase in BPA levels was seen after one serving of soup. This poses a risk for individuals who eat canned goods, including soup, on a regular basis. BPA is found in many items, some are harder than others to avoid. However, limiting your exposure to canned goods is a simple step for cardiac care, which will help to decrease your heart disease risk.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a group of diseases that affect the structure and function of your heart. Conditions that fall under the heart disease umbrella include: coronary artery disease, heart attack, angina, arrhythmias, and heart failure among others. If you want to live longer, you should implement cardiac care into your daily routine. Many heart diseases, such as a heart attack, can be fatal. In order to prevent heart disease and live longer, it is best to prevent the risk factors that can lead to heart disease such as: high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, high stress, sedentary lifestyles, etc. In order to do this, diet and lifestyle modifications should be implemented as part of your cardiac care routine.

If you want to live longer, decreasing your exposure to sodium and BPA may help to lower your heart disease risk. Cardiac care begins with making healthy lifestyle choices. An easy solution to help you live longer is to eat fresh, organic food that is locally grown. This will provide you with numerous health benefits and will help with cardiac care and help to prevent heart disease.


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