When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong

The title is a line from Dirty Dancing… The Dad at the end…  Anyone?  Jokes aside… This post has me a little nervous, a little angry at my slip on the detective front and a little excited all at once, helping me get clear on exactly what I believe in and my commitment to being transparent about what I recommend and what I know about what I recommend.

Today I was reminded of something I’m often reminded of, and that is that you never stop learning. There is always something new.

I’m talking about BPA and BPA lining of coconut cream tins. When I started researching such a thing about 5 years ago, I came across an article that seemed completely believable to me at the time – finally something on a major site that clarified something I’d wanted to know about BPA lined cans. I was from then on under the impression as I’m sure many of you have been, that the BPA lining of a can was a visual cue of a whitish plastic inside the tin. It turns out that’s not the case. Bio Natura, an Italian canning brand for example, has a whitish lining, and is BPA free, using the new ‘BPA NI’ lining (without BPA)! Whether that’s safer or not is debatable of course, but for today, the ‘visual cue myth’ needs to be dispelled.

I’m talking about a product I love and sadly that is AYAM coconut cream – a product I have recommended for a long time and touted as a BPA free product, free from the many additives and thickeners of other coconut creams.

I stand by my word on the ‘free from’ bit about additives. They’re the best on that front. I can’t unfortunately continue to say ‘BPA free’ because, as it turns out, they’re not.

Click here to read this from their website

The results ‘parameter’ from their tests for leaching, tested for levels above 0.5% per kilo. The EU directive states a migration limit of 0.6mg to the kg is ‘safe’ for food. It is a positive that it tests lower than that, but they certainly don’t make the statement of NIL detection…. just under 0.5% to the kilo.

In discussing the matter recently with Dr Peter Dingle, a PHD in Environmental toxicology, he would argue that there is no safe level of BPA, and the principle danger from his research lies in long term storage as the leaching increases over time – so canning with BPA lining, ain’t so crash hot.

Many scientists today also argue that there is no safe level, when it comes to endocrine disruption, and this resonates with me as a concerned citizen.  “A poison kills you,” says biology professor Frederick vom Saal. “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.” (source Mother Jones)

I will leave it up to you to decide of course, but there was no way I could not come forward with this information now that I know better.

Please note that this is not an AYAM defamation of any kind. I love their product, the fact that they don’t spray or use any GM ingredients, and do hope sincerely that they will move to a BPA free can very soon. I also note, that of the possible BPA levels in cans, AYAM is the lowest I’ve seen (ref some common brands in America here to show a comparison of very high levels). I will be contacting Ayam personally to discuss this and find out what their time line is on removing BPA so that I can recommend their product once more, as I do feel flavour, additive factor and texture wise, it’s the best.

WHY NOT SIGN MY PETITION TO GET THEM TO SWAP TO BPA FREE CANS? CLICK HERE

Until then, I will be testing my home made coconut cream in a few of them and adjusting those recipes as needed to reflect the use of a different textured ingredient. You can buy the Honest to Goodness additive and BPA free cream from now on (i’ve already ordered a case of course!).

It all comes down to moving closer to nature! Next question: Is there BPA in the plastic pouches that carry the desiccated coconut.? See what I mean about always learning? I will keep you posted on my findings there.

Important here is this: We cannot stress about every single little thing. Prolonged stress will cause you far more damage, as it prevents various parts of the body from functioning optimally – namely your digestive and immune systems! Relax about the learning journey. We will get there. Things do get easier. As I said yesterday…

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Onwards and upwards. Yours truthfully,


 

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  1. Sad to hear! I don’t like the honest to goodness coconut cream, it is like a big plug of coconut oil on top and water down the bottom

    1. Hi Anne-Marie, the Honest to Goodness Organic Coconut Cream & Milk does need contain guar gum which is often added as an emulsifier in some other brands. If you give it a good shake before you pour it out of the can it will be much more consistent 🙂

    2. All coconut creams solidify, you need to keep it at room temp, shake and expect a bit of separation from the cream/water.. technically it’s not oil!

  2. Noooooo!!! Ayam is my fav brand for coconut cream and milk!! Def the best on the shelf. I’m will continue to use them until I find a better one or learn my own whichever comes first. Coconut cream is a staple in our household as we are dairy free. Thanks for the heads though Alex 🙂 x

  3. Noooooo!!! Ayam is my fav brand for coconut cream and milk!! Def the best on the shelf. I will continue to use them until I find a better one or learn to make my own whichever comes first. Coconut cream is a staple in our household as we are dairy free. Thanks for the heads up though Alex 🙂 x

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  4. Perhaps we could all support Alexx here and also each contact Ayam to praise their product and ask them to move to BPA free cans. If enough of their customers request it, perhaps it will encourage them to make the change.

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  5. Alexx, I did not know this!!!! Thank you so much for finding this out. Ayam is the brand I use too. From now on I am making my own. Totally safer and just like all real food, we do need to make it ourselves to know exactly what goes into it. Thank you again Alexx.

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  6. I fully support the ceasing of using BPA. And of minimising it’s use as much as possible until we have a thoroughly tested alternative. Perhaps we need to move back to using glass jars and bottles. The lids for glass jars may have BPA in the sealing part, but that has minimal contact with food.

    I do feel I need to bring to your attention a possible typo you made, and a correction. The typo is to do with the ‘safe’ leaching amount, and the correction is about the ‘NIL detection’ you stated.

    Your article states:
    “The results ‘parameter’ from their tests for leaching, tested for levels above 0.5% per kilo. The EU directive states a migration limit of 0.6mg to the kg is ‘safe’ for food. It is a positive that it tests lower than that, but they certainly don’t make the statement of NIL detection…. just under 0.5%.”

    Do you mean to state 0.5% or 0.5mg per kilo? There is a big difference between them, 0.5% of 1kg is 5g or 5000mg.

    And AYAM’s site states:
    “We have tested the level of migration into the Premium coconut milk and cream and no BPA was detected. The test used had a detection limit of 0.5 mg/kg.”

    I sincerely do not want to give you grief about this. I think we should have an open playing field where we can all find out easily what is in our food, and where to get better options.
    Mandy.

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      Mandy – thank you so much. Yes, I’ve added per kilo in there to correct the typo. Methinks 5000mg would be a disaster!!!

  7. Thanks Alexx. I had never even considered the cans! I’m finding it quite exhausting just switching to clean whole foods. I am most definitely a work in progress.

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      I’m 10 years in and STILL a work in progress. Relax and do the best you can. My Real Food Rockstar course will be awesome and certainly make it a lot easier! Launching January 5 x

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