In order to prevent this from being a 10-page post, I’m going to write my concerns about the toxins found in everyday household items into separate posts, starting with Bisphenol A in U.S. canned foods – it’s been shown to leech into food and it’s found in most canned foods the average American consumes. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource for various studies concerning this topic (and others). Here’s one of the findings on Bisphenol A in canned foods.
I’ve heard people, like family members, say “stop reading this stuff, it just makes you paranoid and scared.” But I think when it comes to your health and the environment, ignorance isn’t bliss. As consumers, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to be empowered with knowledge. We’re not going to all believe the same things, but at least we can be aware of the information that exists in order to make better personal choices in our lives. As I’ve said before, we all have to do what works for us.
My personal feeling is that if someone has the financial means to discard items in their home that might have the POTENTIAL for health risks, then it’s probably worth the effort. However, if you’re like us, then the balance between health and money does get complicated, actually frustrating, since we can’t always afford the stuff that’s supposed to be better for us. Unfortunately, sometimes the message consumers receive is that only wealthier people can afford to be healthy – organic produce, free-range chicken, better healthcare, chemical-free household goods. Most average Americans can’t afford the stuff. My mom and aunts make about $7 per hour, so they certainly fall into that bracket. However, despite financial struggles, we like to be knowledgeable and play the balancing game of what things go and what things stay in our home. Again, I think the key is to finding that balance. That’s where we’re at in our lives. We will no longer be partaking in our grocery store’s 10 for $10 tuna can sales like we used to, but some canned items will still have to remain.