BPA-free tomatoes available at Whole Foods

BPA-free tomatoes available at Whole Foods

If you’ve been following the BPA (bisphenol-A) craze of late, you’ve likely unceremoniously lobbed your old, clear Nalgene into a ditch on the side of the road and replaced it with the now ubiquitous stainless steel water bottles with perty flowery doodles on the outside. And perhaps you know to avoid storing food, especially acidic food, in plastic containers. Maybe, like me, you’ve replaced much of your tupperware with the pyrex storage sets so you don’t have to even think about what the numbers inside the recycle sign on your plasticware means (is 5 ok? I forget… what about 2? 7?) Well, good on you. BPA-free, right? Not so.

Turns out one of our most common methods of exposure to BPA is from canned food. Apparently the lining of the cans is made of an epoxy resin that contains BPA. And just like the acidic foods that eat away at your tupperware, the highest concentrations of BPA are found in acidic foods like crushed tomatoes. Make that canned crushed tomatoes. While companies have had success with alternative linings for less acidic foods, a lining that will withstand the sting of tomato juices remains elusive. So while it’s becoming easier to find BPA-free cans of beans (I hear Eden Foods makes some), it’s even easier to ignore cans altogether. Switch to dried beans (infinitely tastier anyway) and frozen (or better yet, fresh) fruit and vegetables and you’re pretty much golden. Except when it comes to tomatoes. And honestly, if I had to pick one canned item that is always in my kitchen, no matter what, it’s canned tomatoes. They are just so dern versatile! So imagine my heartbreak upon hearing about BPA in tomatoey cans. Stinkers.

But then I read this happy little blog post that made my heart sing. Apparently those cartony containers that hold soy milk, rice milk, premade broths and soups, and yes, parmalat, can be BPA-free. And there are a few companies that put crushed tomatoes in them. Yipppee! Although the blog post says they can be found at TJ’s, I’ve only been able to find them at Whole Foods. But no matter. They’re in my cupboard and that’s all that matters. Yeeehaw! Tomato soup, sauce and stuff will be ours again. Sweet.