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Fresh Food vs Canned Food!

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Food with Benefits

It’s a question that many people answer it differently depends on their lifestyle. Definitely, I am a fresh food consumer although you’ll find canned food on my shelves as I believe that canned food are to be more convenient & useful in some recipes than the fresh foods.

I will always recommend to people to buy fresh foods from fruit & vegetables local vendors in their towns, where they will know what they are buying. Here, I’m not saying that buying from a supermarket is a sin but it’s more of believing in your local vendor product.

Fresh foods for example vegetables & fruits have less nutrient content than before because of the soil, harvesting & chemicals they use on them. Fresh foods begin losing vitamins as soon as they are picked, and often sit in warehouses or in transit for as long as two weeks before they find their way into the market to sit even longer waiting to be purchased. Just received an email from a friend of mine where it says how the apples nowadays are being sold in the supermarkets all covered in wax. The email also specifies to peel the apple before eating it, when before I have learned that the apple skin is full of nutrients. But this is the world today, where everyone rushes to grow their food in such a hurry and with certain standards. The current trend is pushing fresh, organic foods for nutrition and health, but truth is told, fresh vegetables are not necessarily more nutritious than canned

On the other hand canned foods which are a convenience product are being described as containing more nutrients than the fresh foods. A 1997 study by the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found that canned fruits and vegetables provide as much dietary fiber and vitamins as the same corresponding fresh foods, and in some cases, even more. For example, canned pumpkin provides 540% of the Recommended Daily Intake of vitamin A, while fresh pumpkin only provides only 26%. Canned foods are harvested at their peak of ripeness and normally cooked and processed from the source within hours, thus preserving more vitamins than their fresh counterparts.

There are several advantages & disadvantages for both foods.

Fresh Food

Advantages

  • More Flavour to your recipes
  • Keeps the natural food ingredient colour
  • The taste is better than canned foods
  • In season Fresh foods are cheaper than you think
  • Can be preserved in the freezer, jars etc…

Disadvantages

  • Limited storage duration
  • Short shelf life
  • Some fresh vegetables needs a lot of cooking time e.g beetroot
  • Expensive to buy if not in peak seasons
  • Needs to be washed to remove any soil and pesticides

Canned Food

Advantages

  • Very convenient
  • Same nutrients as fresh fruits
  • Cost wise are cheaper
  • Easy to find & to buy
  • Long shelf live
  • Free from preservatives except from some cold meat products
  • Fully recyclable

Disadvantages

  • Contains a lot of sodium
  • Blow cans are to be returned back to the shop or supermarket
  • Once opened you have to put them in a plastic container and to be used within 3 days
  • Some canned foods have to be washed and sieved to remove the starch like in red kidney beans for example

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