Are Canned Foods Really Healthy?

by Chiropractors Brighton on July 6, 2011

Chiropractors Brighton and Hove

It depends on which foods have been canned, but fresh is always best!

Canned foods undergo a heat process which destroys nutrients and affects food to varying degrees  -  depending on which food it is.  Fruit and vegetables are more easily affected than beans.

Fruits and vegetables are especially important sources of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients like carotenoids and flavonoids. Vitamins and phytonutrients are especially susceptible to degradation from heat, which robs food of vast amounts of nutrients.

Heating does not damage protein, fiber, and minerals in the same way as it can damage vitamins and phytonutrients. You can expect to receive the protein, fiber, and mineral benefits from canned beans-in much the same way as you would receive from dry beans cooked at home.  Unlike fruits and vegetables, beans cannot be eaten raw. Beans have to be cooked (or processed in some other way, like sprouted); not only do they have to be cooked, they have to be cooked for a fairly extensive period of time, so if enjoying canned beans is a more convenient option, then use with confidence and enjoy, however any additives should be observed and avoided if possible.  Obviously, organically grown is best.

Chiropractors at Chiropractic Life are committed to the Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well system of living.  Consult us today for the health you want tomorrow.




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