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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Canned Food - Is It Healthy?

We all know the taste of fresh is best.  The question, is do we loose all the healthy benefits of produce when it is canned?  Because the canning process calls for food to be heated, many vegetables and fruit loose their nutrients.  Surprisingly, there are some that release antioxidants and make them more available to our bodies due to the canning process.  The following are a few that we can use with confidence.

  • Tomatoes:  The lycopene that tomatoes contain is known to fight cancer.  Our bodies cannot access or use this lycopene without the tomatoes being heated.  So the canning process helps us access the lycopene.  To allow your body to take full advantage of this cancer fighter, cook the tomatoes with some oil.
  • Beans:  Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber.  Nutritionally, canned beans do not differ from those you have cooked yourself.  The only concern you may have is the sodium level.  The sodium in canned beans is in the liquid.  Be sure to drain and rinse the beans.  By doing this you can remove a significant amount of the sodium.
  • Corn:  The canning process, oddly enough, boosts the antioxidant activity in corn.  Which means we get more antioxidant benefits from canned corn than from fresh.  The down side is that it looses vitamin C.  The answer to this problem is to add some citrus to the corn.
  •  Pumpkin:  The canning process pumps up the calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin K of the pumpkin.  This may be the case because the process removes moister from the pumpkin, making it more concentrated.  Pumpkin is also a source carotenoids.  Our bodies cannot use these without the pumpkin be heated.  So that is taken care of by the canning process.
Fresh tomatoes, beans, corn and pumpkin do taste better.  But, the canned alternatives are versatile and economical.  Making these a good option for people who live in what are termed "food deserts".  They also are good option for off season use.  I wouldn't eat any of these straight out of the can, however, I do use them in recipes.  I do it with the knowledge that I am still eating healthy, even though the tomatoes in my sauce, or the corn in my cornbread, or the beans in my soup, or the pumpkin in my muffins is canned.

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