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Canned Foods Linked to High BPA Levels

George Doyle/Stockbyte(BOSTON) -- People who eat a good deal of canned foods often have higher levels of the chemical BPA in their blood, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health.

BPA, a chemical used in the linings of cans, has been linked to -- but not a proven cause of -- serious health problems including cancer, heart disease and early puberty in children of women who have high BPA levels while pregnant.

“They took a group of 75 people and they gave them canned soup once a day for five days,” ABC News senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, who was not directly involved with the study, explained. “What they found was, after five days, the level of BPA in their body went up more than ten-fold -- a big rise in BPA.”

After two days, Besser says, BPA levels were back to normal.

“The more food that you can eat that’s fresh or frozen -- that will eliminate the BPA from the can-liners,” Besser said. “If you're buying food in plastic, don't heat it in the plastic material because that heating can actually release some of the BPA into your food.”

The study was paid for by the nutrition research advocacy group, the Allen Foundation. The findings were published in the Nov. 22 edition of the Journal of the Medical Association.

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