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Are canned/jarred veggies acceptable if you scrutinize the ingredients?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 08, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I'm getting canned coconut milk in BPA-free cans and doing my best to scrutinize ingredients lists in other canned varieties.

But my largest offender is canned tomatoes. Tomatoes are A PAIN IN THE REAR for me to process manually, just because I don't use them often and they usually go bad before I get around to doing so. Buying a can is just 1000% easier. I made really delicious guac last night with some canned tomatoes, for instance. I always make sure to check the ingredients, no added sugar, etc. Unfortunately salt is sort of inevitable, and the only "preservative" I've found in recent purchases is citric acid, which I know is just to prevent oxidation.

Is this totally against the "paleo" spirit or is my ingredient-diligence acceptable as long as its only a once in a while thing?

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on April 10, 2011
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I was told that Natures Forest uses BPA free cans. http://www.amazon.com/Native-Forest-Organic-Classic-13-5-Ounce/dp/B001HTJ2BQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302406590&sr=8-1

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on April 09, 2011
at 05:13 AM

Which brand of coconut milk is free of BPA?

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on April 08, 2011
at 10:50 PM

Good to know. I know that some people would vilify me for it, just wanted to make sure I wasn't totally alone. At least it doesn't have HFCS!

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:36 PM

You can find tomatoes in jars and tetrapak with no added ingredients.

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I always let quality, ingredients, and the container decide.

Sure, I prefer fresh, but BPA cans or glass jars are ok with me.

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Good to know. I know that some people would vilify me for it, just wanted to make sure I wasn't totally alone. At least it doesn't have HFCS!

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on April 08, 2011
at 09:45 PM

I mostly avoid cans because of the bpa. Tomatoes are one of the worst offenders with their acidity. Can you get a glass or carton version? It's probably fine for once in a while though, don't stress too much.

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