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Canned Food and Drinks Increase Risk of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Study Shows
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Consuming or drinking from cans lined with the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) could heighten an individual’s blood pressure, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association's journal, Hypertension.

The study was conducted by the new Seoul National University College of Medicine. BPA is commonly used to coat most cans and plastic bottles and studies have found that BPA in the epoxy lining of cans and plastic bottles tends to leach into foods and drinks, thus entering the body.

“A 5 mm Hg rise in systolic blood pressure by drinking two canned drinks may cause clinically critical issues, especially in patients with coronary illness or hypertension,” study author Yun-Chul Hong, director of the South Korean University’s Environmental Health Center and chair of its Department of Preventive Medicine, said in an announcement. “A 20 mm Hg rise in systolic blood pressure twofold the risk of cardiovascular malady.”

As a component of their study, Hong and co-author Sanghyuk Bae studied 60 adults beyond 60 years old who were haphazardly given soy milk in either cans or glass bottles. The team of researchers found that the consumption of soft drinks from cans contributed to high blood pressure by raising the blood BPA levels upto 1600%.

As soy milk contains no component known to cause blood pressure to end up hoisted, Hong and Bae said that soy milk was the perfect drink for the trial. The researchers believe their results could help the health care industry, policy makers and the overall community to become more responsive of the cardiovascular health risks linked to BPA contact.

Hong told Stephen Reinberg of Healthday News, “Since these results affirm discoveries from different studies, health care specialists and patients, especially those with high blood pressure, or coronary illness, ought to be alert of the conceivable dangers of raising blood pressure when devouring canned foods or drinks.”

Director and founder of the US Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders, Steven Gilbert also emphasised the need to discover more secure options to BPA for can linings. BPA has been connected to physical and mental growth, including behavioral issues, obesity and type 2 diabetes, he said.

However, Steven Hentges from the American Chemistry Council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group contradicted the study’s finds, telling HealthDay News that BPA has been declared safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He said the study inappropriately concerns and confuses consumers.


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