Do canned foods lose their nutritional value?

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In recent years, there’s been a lot of buzz about canned and frozen foods losing all their nutritional value as they’re processed.  Where fresh fruits and veggies are almost always BEST, we have found some good news!

“The nutrient content of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables is comparable to fresh and, in some cases it may be higher than fresh. Product to be canned or frozen is processed immediately after harvesting, so nutrient losses after picking are minimal. The canning or freezing process may cause some loss of nutrients which can vary by nutrient Generally, these losses are small and are not substantially different than losses that may occur at home. Depending on the produce item, canning and freezing may actually preserve some of the nutrient value and can even increase the availability of some nutrients to the body.”

Info from FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org

We went out and searched for the nutritional values of peaches to compare fresh to canned.  Here’s what we found out (the data on the left is the canned peaches, while the right shows the raw peach).

Comparing Canned Peaches to Raw Peaches, on ounce at a time.

Data courtesy of http://nutritiondata.self.com.

So, great news!  You can enjoy your canned goods without worrying about losing the nutrition of the original fruit or veggie.  Where we don’t  can veggies, you can confidently order your peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, and plums without worrying that you’re not doing the best you can for yourself & your family!