Canned fruit and veggies aid healthier diet
Children and adults who include canned fruits and vegetables in their diet have proven to have a healthier diet than those who do not intake these regularly.
According to a study conducted by Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, based on data collected from 2001 to 2010, involving 42,000 children and adults from across America, the people who have consumed canned fruits and vegetables have been shown to average better than other participants in terms of average daily diet quality.
Adults who took canned fruits and veggies averaged 49 on a scale of 1-100, faring better than the average of 47.4 among adults without these foods in their diet.
For children, the canned fruits and veggies boosted their rating to 45.8 compared to 43.3 posted by other children who joined the study.
Marjorie Freedman of San Jose State University in California, who co-authored the study explained that by consuming fruits and veggies, people can consume fewer foods that have lower nutritional value.
“Thus, it makes sense that those who consume canned fruits and vegetables – most likely in conjunction with other types of fruits and vegetables – would have higher intake of certain nutrients and higher quality diets,” she explained to Reuters via email.
The study was commissioned by the Canned Food Alliance, a consortium of steelmakers, can manufacturers, and food processors.
However, this is not to say that people should be content to source all of their nutritional needs from canned food or that it is a superior source of vitamins than fresh or frozen food.
“What this study is saying is that by consuming canned fruits and vegetables you may increase the total amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. It is in no way implying that canned is better for you than fresh or frozen,” Lauren Ptomey, another researcher from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, cautioned. (ANGEL ONG)