PITTSBURGH, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A study from the University of
California - Davis (UC Davis) published today in the online version of the
Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture confirms that canned, fresh and
frozen fruits and vegetables provide nutrients needed for a healthy diet,
and exclusively consuming fresh fruits and vegetables ignores the
nutritional benefits provided by canned products.
"Common perceptions include the notion that fresh is always best," says
Christine M. Bruhn, Ph.D., Department of Food Science and Technology,
University of California Davis. "This study shows us, however, that eating
a variety of fruits and vegetables in all forms are important to a healthy
To attain a full balance of nutrients, findings from this research show
that canned foods can be an important part of the mix when it comes to
getting more nutrients, variety and taste satisfaction. Research also shows
that how much a fruit and vegetable can contribute nutritionally to a diet
depends on its processing method.
Research shows that canned, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables can
all lose nutrients during processing and storage, as a result of exposure
to heat and air. In some cases, there appears to be a higher nutrient
content in canned foods, such as increased carotenoids in canned vegetables
-- due to the heat in the canning process.
To get the most nutrients from fruits and vegetables, consider the
* Store fresh fruits and vegetables without a peel in cooler temperatures,
such as the refrigerator. If they will not be used within three days,
choose frozen or canned.
* During cooking and storage, avoid exposing fruits and vegetables to
unnecessary heat and air. Use a cover when cooking, and choose steaming
or microwaving over boiling. Store cut fruits and vegetables in a
sealed container or plastic wrap.
* Choose canned, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to get a mix of
The study, funded by the Canned Food Alliance, reviewed recent
published research on the nutritional comparisons of canned, fresh and
frozen fruits and vegetables.
"This research validates our mission to educate consumers that canned
foods are healthy and bring necessary nutrients to the table," says Rich
Tavoletti, director, the Canned Food Alliance. "It's no surprise to us that
canned food is an important part of the nation's nutrition, which makes
everyday healthful eating easy and accessible for everyone, everywhere."
For complete study results or for more information on the nutritional
benefits of canned food, contact Katie Calligaro, Ketchum, at 412-456-3596
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Canned Food Alliance
The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and
Steel Institute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute,
select food processors and affiliate members. The primary mission of the
CFA is to serve as a resource for information on the nutrition,
convenience, contemporary appeal and versatility of canned food. For
hundreds of mealtime solutions, visit www.mealtime.org.
SOURCE Canned Food Alliance