27/12/2010 13:13 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Pregnant Women Should Cut Back On Tinned Food - New Study

When you're pregnant there are so many things to avoid - soft cheeses, raw eggs, etc, etc, etc... now a new report says expectant mothers should avoid or limit their intake of tinned foods too.

Apparently tinned food can expose women to a potentially dangerous chemical.

Brilliant. Is there anything left that pregnant women ARE allowed to eat?

The study "No Silver Lining" found that more than 90% of cans tested had detectable levels of bisphenol A (BPA).

This chemical has been linked to abnormal behavior, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, developmental and reproductive harm and obesity.

A range of different brands were tested from 50 cans in 19 states in the USA and one Canadian province.

The report has been released by the National Work Group for Safe Markets, a coalition of public and environmental health groups.

You'll probably have heard of BPA - it's been at the centre of a big public health debate, particularly around children's products such as baby bottles and formula cans.

The use of BPA has been restricted in children's products in Canada, Denmark and five states in the USA.

People in the industry, such as manufacturing and packaging companies and trade associations, say BPA is safe and is used to protect food from metal can corrosion and bacteria.

However many health professionals and public health advocates claim that studies have shown even low doses of the chemical can have harmful effects.

A press release issued by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has introduced legislation to ban BPA in food and drink containters, says that the National Toxicology Program believes there is "some concern" that BPA can affect neural development in foetuses, infants and children.

This latest report calls on the US Congress to ban BPA in food and drink packaging.

So remind me again - what ARE we allowed to eat when pregnant?

Source: ParentDishUS