In most kitchens, there are a variety of canned products in cabinets and drawers. However, many people do not know certain important information about the health risks associated with these canned products. Here are three crucial things that everyone should know about canned products.
Canned products have been around for centuries and have been used to store food for a period of time. With canned foods, the food is usually packed in some sort of brine or sodium liquid to preserve the food and keep it from spoiling. Although you should always keep a few cans of food in your pantry for an emergency like an earthquake or hurricane, many experts suggest that you should not rely on canned foods for daily usage. Why? Well, according to ABC News canned foods have been linked to certain types of cancer.
Although the evidence is largely in the experimental stage, many doctors have seen a correlation in the amount of canned foods consumed and cancer. Many have surmised that the preservative in the liquid can cause cancer over time. Others have suggested that the actual can itself may be what causes cancer. Regardless, most doctors suggest that you rely less on canned foods and more on fresh, home cooked meals.
They actually do not last forever
You look in your cabinet and see a canned soup that you want. You flip over the can and are shocked to find an actual expiration date. But I thought canned foods lasted forever? Canned foods that contain a great deal of acid, such as vegetables or fruits, only are meant to last a year to a year and a half. Others with a low level of acidity, such as meats, can sometimes last up to four years.
However, it is important to note that no canned food lasts forever. Just like with regular food, the contents can spoil or mold. Because of the canning process, they do spoil slower than fresh foods. However, old canned foods can make you extremely sick if you consume them. If you see a can with a dent in the side or one that has begun to bulge, throw the can away immediately.
They can be high in fat, sugar and salt
So, you are trying to eat healthy and decide to pick up a can of corn, peas and carrots. However, did you know that some canned foods have more salt than your suggested daily salt intake? Suddenly, those canned carrots are not looking so healthy. And what about canned fruits like peaches? Sure they have some nutritional value but some continue to soak in liquids, which are saturated with sugars or syrups.
If you still would like to consume canned vegetables, look for the ones that have the words “low sodium” on the package. There are even some canned foods that have “fat free” or “low sugar” options. Although most doctors would state that eating canned vegetables or fruits are probably healthier than eating none at all, all would agree that you should rely more on fresh foods. Livestrong states that fresh foods have less sodium, less fat and retain more of their nutritional value when cooked.
So are canned foods bad for you? Well, if you rely on them on a regular basis, then eating them can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and possibly even cancer. However, you should still keep a few cans for any natural disaster. Make sure to look through your cabinets on a regular basis to make sure your cans are not damaged and have not expired. And, if you rely on canned foods for your daily intake, try and transition to fresh foods.
By: Vincent Stokes
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