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BPA in Coconut milk - Should we be concerned?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I was just perusing the Healthy Skeptic - and read this article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F03%2F29%2FMNSL1IIVQM.DTL

Is Bisphenol A that big of a worry - and am I getting so much of it from the can of coconut milk that I should be worried?

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on March 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

It lines most cans, but it won't transfer over to the food easily unless there is acid or fat present. The canned food that you really want to avoid when it comes to BPA would be canned coconut milk, salmon/oily fish, and tomatoes.

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on March 08, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Note: Alton Brown used real moo cow milk to mix with the coconut shreds to make the coconut milk in his recipe.

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on April 01, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Yes BPA is in the lining of the can and is not an ingredient so you won't see it on the label. I'm pretty sure Native Forest really is the only brand that is BPA free.

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Native Forest claims to be BPA free. I don't know what kind of resin they use in its stead.

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Not sure why my iPhone auto corrected "the bpa" to "RA" in the second sentence...

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:49 AM

The bpa is in the can linings and not listed as an ingredient. RA just part of the can. So, it wouldn't be part of the Ingredient list. There's only 1 brand that I know of that only uses bpa free cans and it is native forest

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on April 01, 2011
at 12:23 AM

As far as I know Native Forest is the only BPA brand of coconut milk on the market. They sell it at many Whole foods or you can buy online. I think it's maybe $.30 more a can than the 365 brand? I can't tell you if you should be worried about it but I certainly prefer to buy cans without it when I can. However, if I run out and need a can in a hurry I have been known to use the BPA laden stuff and not really worry too much about it.

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:14 AM

There are other ways to get cheap, quick coconut milk. If you mix creamed coconut or coconut milk powder in with hot water in a saucepan and then let it cool you get coconutty goodness without having to use a can.

I would assume that many of the ridiculously overpriced types at the "health food" store would be free of BPA, but usually it isn't labeled. Hrm indeed. I haven't used coconut milk in a while. The only cheap stuff at my local supermarket was gross tasting, so I just do the trick described above.

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:40 AM

There is a Good Eats episode wherein Alton Brown describes how to make homemade coconut milk (whilst he is "marooned" on a tropical island...). It isn't that difficult.

That said, I found two brands at my local Asian grocery store, Aroy-D and Kara, that are just coconut, no preservatives. The Aroy-D brand is actually solid at room temperature, so you need to head it in a water bath to liquify it. I think the Aroy-D runs about $3.50/liter and the Kara (which tastes the best IMO) is $2.50/500 ml. Of course, you probably need a big Asian grocery store (I have 99 Ranch Market) to find those brands--most little Asian markets carry the stuff with preservatives (most of the stuff in aisles in Asian groceries is as full of crap as the stuff in American markets--although I notice that Asians typically fill their baskets with tons and tons of green veggies, fish and meat in addition to the crap, whereas at say Albertsons it is just crap...but I digress).

0dc1d63c3d5975f5115f535c6a90c9dd

(2283)

on April 01, 2011
at 12:49 AM

The bpa is in the can linings and not listed as an ingredient. RA just part of the can. So, it wouldn't be part of the Ingredient list. There's only 1 brand that I know of that only uses bpa free cans and it is native forest

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on April 01, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Yes BPA is in the lining of the can and is not an ingredient so you won't see it on the label. I'm pretty sure Native Forest really is the only brand that is BPA free.

0dc1d63c3d5975f5115f535c6a90c9dd

(2283)

on April 01, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Not sure why my iPhone auto corrected "the bpa" to "RA" in the second sentence...

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on March 08, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Note: Alton Brown used real moo cow milk to mix with the coconut shreds to make the coconut milk in his recipe.

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on April 01, 2011
at 01:42 AM

They might not bother with the BPA lining if the stuff is coming directly from Asia (China banned it from baby bottles in March if you can believe that), but there is no way to know. I read recently that BPA is lining nearly all cans out of the US, not just the ones with the white lining. I don't know if this is true. I've opened cans that didn't appear to have a coating, but I don't know how this stuff acts on metal surfaces. I thought it was just an emulsifier in plastics. I'd like to think that if the can isn't lined, it's ok, but who knows.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

It lines most cans, but it won't transfer over to the food easily unless there is acid or fat present. The canned food that you really want to avoid when it comes to BPA would be canned coconut milk, salmon/oily fish, and tomatoes.

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