Is Eating Healthy Expensive? It Doesn’t Have to Be!
There are lots of benefits for eating fruits and vegetables. Reducing inflammation, increased fiber intake, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy body. There are all kinds of getting those foods into our diets. The first one most people think of is fresh produce. However, fresh produce is not always compatible with life on the road. It takes up more space, has a short shelf life and can be expensive. Luckily, canned fruits and vegetables are very comparable in nutrient content. Canned goods are picked at peak freshness and preserved. They are cheaper and have a longer shelf life. Canned goods also take up less space than fresh produce. Like everything though, there are some pitfalls you should avoid.
Fruit can pack a serious boost to your vitamin intake, especially vitamin C and B vitamins! When purchasing canned fruit, pick the ones that say no syrup or light syrup to reduce added sugar. Make sure to read the nutrition facts label on the back! You want to look for the “added sugars”. Try to find the type with the lowest added sugar. These can easily go into a smoothie or eaten out of the can as an easy snack.
Canned vegetables are a great way to boost any meal! Adding an extra serving of vegetables will increase your vitamin and mineral intake especially vitamin A, manganese, and vitamin K. Common canned vegetables include green peas, carrots, tomatoes, and green beans. Look for cans that say “reduced sodium” or “no added salt”. This is key when consuming canned vegetables. It is easy to take in more sodium than you need.
Canned food is a great way to get in vital nutrients while not breaking the bank. Whether you are on the road or at home, canned goods are a great component of a healthy lifestyle!
Danielle, Missouri State University Dietetic Intern