One day I was travelling to Delhi from Kolkata, I came across a little bit new experience in the plane.
I was in the air and it was time for meal. Well dressed and well-mannered air hostess appeared and served meal to us. I found a beautiful small tray filled with canned foods items.
Due to COVID.19, many precautions are being maintained and we all have to go through the new set of norms due to covid.
Everything from vegetable, fruits and nodules and even soft drink / lemon water all were canned.
Really, there is a tremendous change in our life style. We don’t have time to take care of our health. We are in the rat race compromising so many things in life including our health.
However, I don’t like canned food because I believe that food items should be freshly cooked to have vitamins and other nutrient intact.
Now my mind was engaged in comparing all these with the canned food..
Taste is ok, but what about nutritional value, that question sparked in my mind. Whether it is safe for health ? ..
I immediately searched the net about effect of eating canned food on my health.
I found beautiful blog explaining details about canned food ..
Let us have a look on it..
Canned Food is often considered less nutritious than fresh or frozen food. I also admit that canned food contains harmful ingredients and should be avoided.
However, some others say canned food can be part of a healthy diet and should be considered looking to the paucity of time .
Canning is a method of preserving food for a long time by packaging it in an airtight container. Canning was first developed in the late 18th century as a way to provide a stable food source.
The canning process can vary slightly based on the product, but there are three main steps, these include:
- Processing: Food is peeled, sliced, chopped, diced and cooked.
- Sealing: The process of packing processed foods and then sealed in a can.
- Warming: Food that has been sealed in a can is then heated to kill harmful bacteria and prevent spoilage.
This allows safe food to be consumed for more than 1 year. The most common canned foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, soups, meat, and other seafood.
Canned food is often considered less nutritious than fresh or frozen food, but research shows that this is not always true.
In fact, canning stores a large portion of food nutrition. Protein, carbohydrates and fats are not affected by this process.
Most of the fat-soluble minerals and vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K are also maintained.
Thus, research shows that certain foods high in nutrients maintain their nutritional levels after being canned.
Because canning usually involves high heat, water-soluble vitamins such as vitamins C and B can be damaged.
These vitamins are sensitive to heat and air in general, so they can also be lost during processing, cooking and storage methods commonly used at home.
However, while tomato and corn samples release more antioxidants when heated, making canned varieties of these foods is a good source of antioxidants.
In addition to changes in individual nutritional levels, canned food is an important source of vitamins and minerals.
In one study, people who ate 6 or more canned items per week had 17 higher essential nutrients, compared to those who ate 2 or fewer canned items per week.
Canned food is an easy and practical way to add more nutrient-dense foods to the diet menu.
The availability of safe and quality food is lacking in some countries in the world. And canning helps ensure people have access to a variety of foods throughout the year.
In fact, almost all food can be found in cans today. In addition, because canned food can be safely stored for several years and often requires preparation time, it is very convenient to eat.
Canned Food Contains BPA Traces
BPA (Bisphenol-A) is a chemical that is often used in food packaging including cans. Studies show that BPA in canned food can move from canned tans into the food in it.
Some human studies have linked BPA to health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, If you want to minimize your exposure to BPA, consuming lots of canned food is not a good idea.
Possible Contains Bacteria
Even though it is very rare, canned food that is not processed properly can contain harmful bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Eating contaminated food can cause botulism, a serious illness that can cause paralysis and death if left untreated.
Some other Disadvantages of Canned Foods..
- High in Sodium. …..
Many canned foods are high in sodium. It can contain a lot of salt. Although this does not pose a health risk for most people, it might be problematic for some people like those who have high blood pressure….
- High in Sugar….
Canned fruits are coated in heavy syrup. Some foods may also contain added sugar, which can have harmful effects. Excess sugar has been linked to an increased risk of diseases including type 2 diabetes….
- Fewer Nutrients.
Some fruits and vegetables are less nutritious when they’re canned. …
- Lack of Variety.
Many fruits and vegetables simply don’t take well to being canned.
- Various natural preservatives or other chemicals may also be added which are not beneficial for health.
How to make right choice
As we discuss about pros and cons of can foods items.. it is important to read labels and ingredient lists carefully.
If salt intake is your concern, choose the option with low sodium or no salt. To avoid excess sugar, choose canned fruit in water or juice instead of syrup.
Drying and rinsing food can also reduce the content of salt and sugar in canned food. Many canned foods don’t contain any additives at all, but the only way to find out for sure is to read the composition on the packaging.
In the end it can be said Canned foods can be a nutritious option when fresh foods aren’t available. They provide essential nutrients and are incredibly convenient.
But canned foods are also a significant source of BPA, which may cause health problems. it is better not to consume canned foods too often.
Pay attention before buying and consuming canned food, read the label and make sure the packaging is in good condition. (Courtsy…Riana, blogger.).
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