Hungry for a warm delicious bowl of BPA? Then grab yourself some canned soup, because it’s loaded with the stuff, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health. Participants were given either canned vegetable soup, or a similar soup that hadn’t been canned, then tested for BPA levels. The result? Within a couple hours the canned crowd had BPA levels a whopping 12 times higher than their counterparts.
The levels were still within those considered safe by the government, but “we were surprised by the magnitude of the elevation,” the paper’s senior author tells NPR. BPA is a chemical found in can linings, plastic bottles, and other packages. It has been shown to act like estrogen, possibly causing health problems and generating lots of public trepidation. But the FDA says there’s no evidence that it’s harmful. (Read more BPA stories.)