Many people pick up fresh vegetables in the grocery store rather than the canned vegetables, thinking that they are going for a healthy and best nutritional choice. But this cannot be the case every time, and frozen/canned vegetables can also be an apt choice. Let us explore the advantages and disadvantages of fresh vegetables compared to the canned vegetables in this article.
One of the main advantage that canned vegetables offer is the price. Cost analyses show that canned vegetables can be as low in price as one-fifth of the cost of fresh vegetables and they are usually half the price of the frozen vegetables. This financial advantage is helpful when vegetables are bought after its local growing season. Some of the fresh produce vegetables can be even bought outside of its local season, but then they are more expensive as they would be imported first. Therefore, grocery expenses can be reduced by buying canned vegetables instead of the fresh ones, especially in winters when the options become more limited.
Additionally, the canned vegetables have an extended shelf life than fresh vegetables and can be stored at room temperature.
It should also be considered that fresh vegetables do contains the maximum nutrients, but they often have to be transported from long distances, and until they are purchased, they stay on the shelves of grocery stores. This prolonged duration and exposure to light and air will deprive them of some of the nutrients. While canned vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness and then processed, so at that time their nutrients are maximum. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that generally the nutrients present in vegetables and fruits are not lost in freezing or canning, and usually they have the same amount of nutrients as of the fresh fruits and vegetables.
If we discuss the cons of the canned vegetables, then one of them is that the canned food has texture and taste different than the fresh ones. As the canned vegetables are inside a liquid so, therefore, some has a softer texture.
Another downside of canned products is the presence of sodium, which is used to preserve the food. Nutritionally, sodium is not good as its high intake can cause higher blood pressure that can elevate the risk of a heart disease. Now many brands have the salt free options. For that, check the labels with “no salt added” and search the ingredient list and make sure that no salt has been added into the canned vegetable.
One of the disadvantages with canned food is due to the containers in which they come. The insides of cans and plastic bottles have bisphenol A (BPA) lining which reportedly has a tendency of leeching inside the food. If taken in a higher amount, then BPA can increase the risk of cancers as it can act like the hormone estrogen. You should choose glass containers if you want to avoid this problem.
Vegetables and fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet as they provide a vast amount of nutrition to the body. Adding more of vegetables in your meals is beneficial in whatever form you include them, so if you want to go for inexpensive and convenient choice, then canned vegetables are a definite selection.