New Study Confirms Canned, Fresh and Frozen Fruits and Vegetables all Provide Nutrients Essential for a Healthy Diet

The Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture Reports All Forms Count

Mar 14, 2007, 01:00 ET from Canned Food Alliance

    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
 following suggestions:
     * 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
       essential nutrients.
     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
     About the Canned Food Alliance
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 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
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