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Help For Picky Eaters May Be As Close As Your Pantry

Studies with Moms and Children Find that Nutritious Canned Foods are Palate-Pleasing and Help Overcome Feeding Challenges

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WASHINGTONFeb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Moms and dads, listen up: if your kids are “veggie-averse” and you’re tired of throwing untouched food away, the solution may be in your pantry…or Cantry®. A trio of recent studies targeting moms and children found that canned foods play an important role in helping parents get fruits and vegetables on the table – and into their kids’ bellies. And as February is National Canned Food Month, it is the perfect time for families to remember the role of canned foods in helping make healthy, homemade meals a reality, more often.

Each of the three areas of research found significant benefits canned fruits and vegetables deliver to finicky kids and the moms who struggle to keep their family’s diets balanced:

  1. The first arm of research, a survey of moms with kids ages two to 12, found that nearly two-thirds (62 percent) rated their children as picky eaters, and nearly the same number (57 percent) admit their kids are likely not eating enough fruits and vegetables.1These results are in line with the latest dietary intake data, which reports that six in 10 children do not eat enough fruit and nine out of 10 children aren’t getting enough vegetables – and intake drops as children get older.2
  2. In the second study, moms who were supplied with a variety of canned foods and recipes reported that their children’s’ daily intake of both fruit and vegetables increased by about half. Most importantly, only 17 percent of the moms still found it difficult to get their children to eat vegetables, compared to 67 percent prior to the study.3
  3. The third piece of research was a canned food taste test (124 children ages six to 12 years old). While the children enjoyed all six of the canned foods tested, the canned fruits in particular (pineapple, mandarin oranges and peaches), as well as canned corn among the vegetables, were the most well-liked.4

“What some call picky eating is really food neophobia – fear of trying new things,” said Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-area registered dietitian and mom of two young children. “A raw carrot is perceived as a completely different food than a cooked carrot. The key is to keep trying, and not to forget about different versions of the same foods. Kids may enjoy the texture and taste of a canned vegetable or fruit as much as or more than other forms.”

These studies were commissioned by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and its Cans Get You Cooking® campaign. Also in February and running through the end of April, Food Network and Cooking Channel will feature Cans Get You Cooking-integrated broadcast and digital content, featuring Cooking Channel star and cookbook author Kelsey Nixon, including a Cantry Cook-Off consumer recipe contest.

“Like home canning, the canning process seals in food’s nutrition, freshness and flavor,” said Sherrie Rosenblatt, CMI’s vice president, marketing and communications. “And a well-stocked pantry – or Cantry – and a little inspiration are all you need to create easy homemade meals you can feel good about serving to your family.”

Tips and ideas for incorporating canned foods into home-cooked meals are at http://bit.ly/1Cenu71. To learn more about Cans Get You Cooking, visit CansGetYouCooking.com or follow the program on FacebookTwitterPinterest or YouTube. Retailers and canned food brands can learn more about participating in Cans Get You Cooking at Partners.CanCentral.com. The Cans Get You Cooking program is funded by CMI members, Silgan Containers, Crown Holdings, Inc. and Ball Corporation.

About Can Manufacturers Institute
CMI is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 124 billion food, beverage and other metal cans; which employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $17.8 billion in direct economic activity. Our members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers.

About Silgan Containers
Silgan Containers is a subsidiary of Silgan Holdings and the largest manufacturer of metal food containers in North America. Silgan’s partnership approach, supported by quality, service, technology, low-cost producer position, strategically located geographic locations and extensive consumer research, is the cornerstone of its strong customer relationships. Silgan Containers manufactures and sells steel and aluminum containers and ends that are used primarily by processors and packagers for food products, such as soup, vegetables, fruit, meat, tomato based products, coffee, seafood, adult nutritional drinks, pet food and other miscellaneous food products. For more information, visit www.silgancontainers.com.

About Crown Holdings, Inc.
Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visit www.crowncork.com.

About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit www.ball.com.

References:

  1. The Role of Canned Produce in Increasing Children and Families’ Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables – Mom’s “Fruit and Vegetable Challenges” Survey, Can Manufacturers Institute, December 2014.
  2. NHANES 2003-2010: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/fruit-vegetables/.
  3. The Role of Canned Produce in Increasing Children and Families’ Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables – In-Home Pressure Test, Can Manufacturers Institute, December 2014.
  4. The Role of Canned Produce in Increasing Children and Families’ Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables – Canned Fruit and Vegetable Children’s Sensory Test, Can Manufacturers Institute, December 2014.

SOURCE Can Manufacturers Institute

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Pantry Heroes: 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand

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Cans | 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On HandFruits, vegetables, beans and lean proteins are essential to any healthy diet; and when it comes to nutrition, all forms count. Always in-season canned fruits and vegetables make healthy eating easy and budget-friendly. And canned beans, fish and meat offer quick, affordable sources of protein and other important nutrients.

With no cleaning, chopping, seeding, peeling or soaking required, canned foods provide the ultimate convenience. Rely on them alone or combine with fresh or frozen foods for a tasty snack or meal anytime.

We call them “pantry heroes”…Americans just call them delicious.

Beans | 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand

Beans

Nutrition: Low in fat and cholesterol free, one-half cup of canned beans provides between 20-30% of the daily recommended amount of fiber, depending on the variety.

Value/Convenience: Canned beans are affordable and quick to prepare. Pinto beans, for example, cost $1 less per serving as a source of protein and fiber than bagged beans when cost of preparation time is considered. Already cooked in the can, they take just 6 minutes to be meal ready compared to 2.5 hours for dried beans.

Recipe Tip: Add a can of beans to your favorite chili or soup recipe, or to a fresh salad to boost flavor and nutrition.

Diced Tomatoes | 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand

Diced Tomatoes

Nutrition: One-half cup provides 20% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, key to healthy immune function. The canning process also increases the antioxidant lycopene naturally found in tomatoes.

Value/Convenience: It is nearly 60% more expensive to obtain dietary fiber from fresh tomatoes than canned. Not only are canned tomatoes less expensive, they take less time to prepare.

Recipe Tip: Top nachos or tacos with canned diced tomatoes packed with green chiles to add flavor and avoid unnecessary chopping.

Peaches | 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand

Peaches

Nutrition: Vitamin C levels in canned peaches are 4 times higher than in fresh, and folate levels are 10 times higher compared to fresh.

Value/Convenience: The store price of a serving of canned peaches is about 39 cents less than an equal serving of fresh peaches and $1.10 less than frozen peaches.

Recipe Tip: Freeze one can of sliced peaches in juice until solid and then blend with 1.5 cups of sugar-free lemonade and 6-ounces of low-fat or nonfat yogurt for a refreshing drink.

tuna | 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand

Tuna

Nutrition: A 3-ounce serving provides about 22 grams of protein or about 50% of the daily recommended intake for the average woman; 40% for the average man.

Value/Convenience: Offers a lower cost-per-nutrient for folate, protein and vitamin A compared to fresh and frozen forms when store price and prep time are factored in.

Recipe Tip: Drain canned tuna and toss into your favorite pasta sauce to help meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendation to eat 8 ounces of seafood each week.

Green Beans | 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand

Green Beans

Nutrition: Contribute fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and folate, among other important nutrients.

Value/Convenience: When cost of preparation time is considered, canned green beans provide fiber and folate at a lower cost than fresh or frozen, and offer potassium at a comparable cost.

Recipe Tip: Add extra veggies into your family’s meals by finely chopping canned green beans and mixing with ground meat when making meatloaf, hamburgers or meatballs.

Can-Do Tips for Meal Planning

To make the most of your kitchen pantry, consider these simple tips:

  • Stock up on canned ingredients year-round; purchase fresh produce when in season
  • Shop the center aisles of your grocery store for healthy options
  • Store canned foods in a clean cabinet or pantry, rotating the newest purchases to the back
  • Plan ahead; use canned foods already in your pantry to add convenience to everyday meals
  • Check your pantry for ingredients when you need an impromptu meal
  • Combine canned foods with fresh, frozen and/or dried ingredients for a delicious meal

Check our recipes at http://mealtime.org/recipes for countless easy and convenient canned food meals.

Download a PDF copy of Pantry Heroes: 5 Canned Foods to Always Keep On Hand.

For more on The Canned Food Alliance click here.

Sources: Kapica C and Weiss W. Canned fruits, vegetables, beans and fish provide nutrients at a lower cost compared to fresh, frozen or dried. J Nutr Food Sci, 2012. Durst, R and Weaver G. Nutritional content of fresh and canned peaches. J Sci Food Agric, 2013. United States Department of Agriculture Household Commodity Fact Sheet.

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