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Posted by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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I heard that canned fruits & vegetables are as healthy as fresh. I notice that they contain a lot of sodium so I was wondering if I drain & rinse them do you think that would cut down on the sodium?
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by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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anything in a can has preservatives so i would avoid them.  frozen veggies are ok but i prefer fresh veggies/fruits.

by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

If I buy canned fruit I make sure it's packed in 100% fruit juice only, and if I get canned veggies, I make sure it says no salt added.  Usually the only canned thing I get is the kroger canned beans (because they are relatively low sodium) and canned no salt added green beans when green beans are out of season (because I hate frozen green beans!).  Right now fresh green beans are all sad looking so I have to either go without or get canned :(

by Ruby Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM
No they aren't as good but if stuck I do use them and rinse but frozen is better if u can get fresh.
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by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

They are not as healthy as they cause an imbalance in your PH system (too much acid) thereby creating inflammation in the body.  I would opt for frozen as some frozen veggies are actually more nutritious than fresh... they are picked and packed at the freshest while some "fresh" in the market has been sitting for a long time on the shelves. 

by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

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3 Myths about Canned Vegetables

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Canned vegetables are a convenient way to get pre-cooked vegetables ready to eat and use in recipes. However, there are a number of myths surrounding vegetables that are canned and some of these can impact your health. You may find that it’s best to reach for the canned variety of vegetables only in moderation, especially when frozen vegetables offer similar convenience and are more nutritious.

1. Myth: Canned Is as Nutritious as Fresh or Frozen Veggies

Fact: Canned vegetables are actually the least nutritious variety of vegetables. While canned veggies are not completely devoid of nutrition, some of the nutrients will have disappeared following the heating process. In other words, eating canned veggies is better than not eating vegetables at all, but when fresh and frozen varieties are available, you’re not getting the maximum nutrition possible.

However, that’s not to say that all canned veggies have less nutrition. Just think of the veggies that you would otherwise cook before eating (beans, pumpkin, etc.) and the fact that the canned variety is already cooked will make little difference, nutritionally. In fact, it can save you a lot of time during which you’d spend cooking the veggies yourself.

2. Myth: All Canned Veggies Are Healthy

Fact: While few canned vegetables are outright unhealthy, you have to be careful to watch the nutrition labels. Many manufacturers add high amounts of sodium and other chemicals in order to preserve the vegetables. Ingesting high amounts of sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis and stomach disorders. Less serious side effects include excessive thirst, headaches, puffy undereyes and cravings for high-calorie foods.

While some small amounts of sodium can be beneficial for your health, there’s too much sodium in processed foods and on average, people are ingesting way too much sodium. Cut back on sodium when you can, and opting for fresh or frozen vegetables over canned vegetables is one easy place to start. You can also search for canned veggies without any added sodium or preservatives. Canned pumpkin, for example, is typically preservative-free.

3. Myth: Canned Veggies Never Go Bad

Fact: Canned vegetables have a much longer shelf life than many foods, thanks largely to the preservatives and the sealed environment in which they are stored. They also make excellent “non-perishable” donations because of their long shelf lives. However, canned veggies have an expiration date printed on the top or bottom of the can that is typically several years after their manufacturing date. Usually you can still safely ingest the canned good within a few weeks or even months of the expiration date, but to be safe, it’s best to toss out any vegetables that are more than a month beyond the expiration date. Although the oxygen-less environment of a can is not as hospitable for bacteria as the open air, minute amounts of bacteria can still thrive over time and make the food unsafe to eat.


With that being said, I buy and use *ALOT* of canned vegetables.  But like another poster said, buy the "no salt added" variety.  Draining and rinsing helps also but remember, compared to the others they are less nutritious.  How much less is still subject to debate.  Frozen is the better way to go if you're looking for a longer shelf life and decent nutrition.

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