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I know fresh fruits and veggies are always considered the best. When its organic, it is like cherry on the cake. But with changing lifestyle canned fruits have replaced the tree ripen fruits, ready to pluck and eat. Now there are ready to open cans having slices of fruits cut already and just needed to be eaten. Now, the concern here is if these are good to be consumed as they are, yes, they are good in saving time and just seem to be automatic to be eaten anywhere, any time. But, the concern arises when you think about the preservatives or chemicals used to keep the can food fresh. There is an idea among consumers that if it isn’t fresh it doesn’t count. But there is also findings saying that People need to be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables whether they may be fresh, frozen or canned, all do well. The only variable whatever form fits best and fits the pocket of consumer. When it comes to canned, all forms of fruits and vegetables matter; fresh, frozen, canned, sliced, dried and 100% juice. With so many options available and loads of variety, convenient packaging to make fruits and veggies easy to store and ready to serve, there is something in frozen, canned food that pleases everyone. Here are some quickie facts about canned stuff. Go through them and amaze yourself.

Most of the frozen and canned foods are processed within hours of harvest, so that their flavor and nutritional value are preserved and saved.

Studies show that foods prepared with canned foods have same nutritional value as that present in dish prepared with fresh and frozen ingredients.

The only difference between fresh just cooked stuff and frozen food is that canned foods are ‘cooked’ prior to packaging, so they are recipe-ready.

Frozen foods also require little initial preparation – washing and slicing for instance is already done.

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Based on these facts, they say that all types of frozen foods count towards your daily dietary recommendation. Canned variety can be considered as healthy alternative. The good or bad in the canned fruit is determined here;

According to USDA, adults should atleast eat 2 servings of fruit each day and canned fruits are just as healthy, if not more, than its fresh counterpart. You know this, when fresh fruit is stored for many days, the vitamin C content is diminished, as it is easily destroyed by exposure to fresh air. However, canned fruits still retain much of vitamin C, even when stored for months, which is a clear advantage. Also, many fresh fruits are stored in cold stores and shipped miles before being enjoyed which also leads to loss in their nutritional content. Also, when out of season, they cost you pretty penny, while canned is available year round, at the same price and you can even find discount coupon on them when order online.

But, if have to count on the bad aspects of canned stuff, here’s some issues of concern. For people who are diet conscious or disease-ridden, it may pose a problem, as canned fruits loaded and canned in heavy syrup coat, the pieces of fruit have loads of added sugar. One half-cup of pears packed in their own juice contains 60 calories and 12 grams of sugar. Though, fruit cocktail may seem to be healthy choice, but buyers should buy them mindfully as many varieties of canned fruits and veggies are packed in heavy and light syrup, plus those cherries often contain artificial colours. So, while choosing brands, look for those packed in juice and without any artificial color and then only trust the content. To avoid the risk of any illness or health problem, check properly while buying and avoid buying bloated, leaking or dented or cans with flawed seals. If you open a can and its funky or foamy odour, discard it immediately without tasting it as it may lead to serious repercussions.

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Basically, canned fruits can be a good source of nutrition, vitamins and minerals but check before buying the nutrition label to know what exactly you’re getting. Typically, canning reduces the levels of most vitamin B and C, compared to fresh fruits, minerals, fiber, potassium and vitamin A and E are roughly found in same levels as present in fresh fruit. Also, if you can’t afford fresh fruit or it isn’t readily available in your area, it is preferable to boost fruit consumption by adding canned fruit instead of completely carbing food out of diet. All the more, canned fruits and veggies are convenient when it comes to making desserts or last-minute breakfasts. Few last things you can consider; Frozen and dried fruit add to great wintertime option and unsweetened frozen fruit which is not packed in sugar, retains much of its nutritional value since it’s picked and processed rapidly. You can use it in everything ranging from baked foods to sauces and smoothies. The quality and variety of frozen food has really improved in recent years and is now used as a healthy alternative and easy option. The key thing is Canned food can certainly become part of your healthy diet plan but its really important to read labels and choose cans wisely.

Healthy Eating. Happy Life.