Charles Drabkin though that Progresso soup was a healthy option for lunch, but then he found out that chemicals in the can lining have been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Progresso lines its soup cans with bisphenol A, or BPA. Scientists have long warned of BPA's link to cancer, but a new study has found that it's related to obesity and diabetes as well. According to the study, BPA basically tricks your fat cells into taking in more fat -- and can also trick your pancreas into producing more insulin than necessary, which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes.
Consumer Reports says that Progresso uses dangerous levels of BPA in its soup cans -- in fact, some samples contained so much BPA that eating just one serving would mean ingesting 80 times more BPA than experts say you should have in one day.
Charles is a chef instructor at a community college, and he's passionate about making sure Americans have access to quality food -- that's why he started a petition on Change.org asking Progresso to stop using BPA in its can linings.ﾠ
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"I’m particularly upset about this because Progresso bills itself as the healthy choice, when in reality they are serving people carcinogens," Charles says. "Canned soup should be a healthy alternative for busy working parents, but as it stands, Progresso isn’t any safer than fast food."
But Charles knows that a petition can push Progresso to get rid of BPA. In fact, just three months ago, Campbell's agreed to stop using BPA in its cans after a public outcry and more than 20,000 people signed a petition asking them to do so on Change.org. Charles is sure that if enough people sign his petition, Progresso will follow Campbell's lead.
Click here to sign Charles's petition demanding that Progresso stop using BPA in its soup cans.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Joe and the Change.org team