Sunday, March 07, 2010

Say No to Dinner in a Can

Andy Warhol used themes from popular America in his Pop Art.
As this Cream of Mushroom Soup work of art suggests, dinner from a can is very popular!

I know of family recipes that are based solely on canned soups and vegetables.  And growing up, I remember enjoying Pork and Beans, Corned Beef Hash and Cream of 'X' Soup.  Today, I make our family's food fresh  from scratch.  The only canned goods I have in the pantry right now are canned tomatoes for our EZ Tomato Sauce, beans and coconut milk for curries. I now have switched to using glass bottled tomatoes during the winter months - and fresh when tomatoes are in season and I will have to try and make coconut milk from scratch.

Healthy Child Healthy World recently cited the top 10 toxic products we don't need:
1. Air fresheners
2. Drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners
3. Canned food
4. Pesticides
5. Dry-cleaning
6. Bottled water
7. Rubber duckies
8. Couch cushions
9. Perfume and cologne
10. Oil-based paints and finishes

And yes - canned food is #3 on the list - foods that are acidic and high in fat in particular, like tomatoes and coconut - oh dear, contain high levels of BPA which leach from the epoxy lining of the can.  (Yikes... thinking about tomatoes, how about bottled ketchup then?  After researching, if we cannot buy it bottled  in glass , we  can make our own raw or cooked with bottled tomato paste or make sure that the ketchup plastic bottle we buy is not # 3, 6 or 7. )

If you are like me and worry about BPA levels, GREENS could completely block the negative effects of BPA, especially spinach and whole soy products. Our solution = GREEN SMOOTHIES!  We love Green Smoothie Revolution, especially the chapter on Green Smoothies for Kids. Our son's (and my husband's) favourite green smoothies are:

1. 1 pineapple + 4 cups spinach

2. 6 pitted dates + 5 cups of lettuce + 2 cups of water

More recipes here.

We will now say NO to anything canned!  (But we still love Andy Warhol's Campbell Soups!)

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Im really surprised about the rubber duckies. Who would have thought such a simple thing was potentially harmful.