Foods that must be pressure canned include most vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry, and dairy products. The only foods that may be safely canned in an ordinary boiling water bath are highly acidic ones with a pH below 4.6, such as fruits, pickled vegetables, or other foods to which acidic additives have been added.
Canned goods can be incorporated into your meals and be a key component to a healthy diet. There are many canned ingredients that fall into MyPlate’s five food groups. Listed below are some examples of canned foods from each food group.
Fruits: Canned peaches, pears, Mandarin oranges, pineapple, pink grapefruit, and fruit cocktail
Vegetables: Canned corn, green beans, mushrooms, carrots, beets, asparagus, pumpkin, tomatoes, and okra
Grains: Canned pasta, noodle soup, and barley soup
Protein: Canned tuna, shrimp, sardines, salmon, chicken, baked beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, and lentils
Benefits of consuming canned goods
Canned fruits and vegetables have a similar nutritional value when compared to fresh and frozen ones! Because they are harvested and canned at the peak of ripeness, canning can preserve the same flavour and nutrients as if eaten fresh or frozen. Canned food can provide year-round access to seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Canned foods are affordable and convenient! Because they have a long shelf life, canned goods can be easily stored in your pantry for when you need it next. In addition, using canned foods can cut down on meal prep time, while still offering nutritional value and a delicious taste. Buying canned goods may also be helpful for those who frequently throw away their fresh produce due to spoilage.
You may also want to consider learning how to can your own food at home. This is a great way to make items such as homemade jam, jellies, and pickles!
Canning is a method of food preservation in which food is processed and sealed in an airtight container (jars like Mason jars, and steel and tin cans). Canning provides a shelf life that typically ranges from one to five years, although under specific circumstances, it can be much longer.
Canned foods may contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a chemical that's often used in food packaging etc. BPA is believed to migrate from the can into the food leading to various health conditions that can cause a negative impact on the overall health.
Canned Foods for Your Healthy Eating Lifestyle