Can you survive on canned food?

Whenever you are in a supermarket, you will always see rows and rows of canned goods on different aisles which is actually pretty convenient because it is cheaper and relatively easier to cook. But before we head straight to the question: “Can you survive on canned food?”, let me just explain to you what canning is.

Canning is a method of preserving foods for a long period of time by sealing it in airtight containers. This method allows the food to be easily stored in the self and be safely eaten for 1-5 years or longer. And because the food is sealed, chemical preservatives are rarely required.  The most common canned foods include fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and soup.

And unlike popular belief, canned food can actually be just as nutritious as fresh and frozen foods because the method of canning allows the food to preserve its many nutrients including minerals, protein, fat, and carbohydrate.

However, some nutrients levels may decrease or increase during the canning process. It is also good to note that canned goods do include a small amount of BPA, a chemical used in food packaging which is mostly associated with heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Some canned foods can also be high in salt and have added sugar. This may be not problematic to some but it can be a risk for people with health problems.

So, to answer your question. Yes, you can survive with canned goods but only do it moderately. Many canned foods do not have harmful ingredients so it is really helpful to read the label and its list of ingredients. 

What can you do with canned food?

You can definitely do a variety of things with canned food. Some can let you consume just as it is and as with other frozen or fresh food, you can use them as an essential ingredient to your recipe. For example, you can do a lot with canned vegetables just as you do with fresh ones. There are also canned desserts that can be perfectly eaten as is or can be used to make a more creative and delicious dessert.

Most Nutritious Canned Foods

With increasing health risks and problems, today’s canned foods were made with these risks in mind hence, they tend to be healthier than they were generations ago. Just as mentioned, canned food has very little differences than with their frozen or fresh counterparts. In fact, the canning method preserves most of the food’s nutrients including protein, carbs, fat, and vitamins like A, D, E, and K. But again, you may want to check the label to know if you will be affected by some of its ingredients.

It is also helpful to know that if you do not want to have a high level of salt in your food, then go with canned goods that are “low sodium” or have the “no salt added” statement. If sugar is a problem for you, then choose canned foods that are canned in water or juice instead of syrup.

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