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Myths about Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Sometimes canned fruits and vegetables get a bad rap! Here are 6 common misconceptions about canned fruits and vegetables. Have any questions you don’t see answered here? Leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer your question!

MYTH: Canned fruit and vegetables are not fresh.

Fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and are typically canned within 24 hours of harvest.

MYTH: Canned fruits and vegetables are not natural and are filled with chemicals and preservatives.

Canned fruits and vegetables are preserved by sealing and cooking the cans to create an airtight seal, and doesn’t require any preservatives to keep the food safe and fresh. To learn more about the canning process, visit our Life of a CA Peach section.

MYTH: Canned fruits and vegetables are not as nutritious as fresh counterparts.

Studies have shown that most nutrients hold up through the canning process, and in some cases actually increase. Canned fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh and frozen and offers a convenient and affordable choice. In fact, compared to its fresh counterpart, canned peaches are higher in antioxidants, vitamin A and C and 10’s higher in folate. Check out our Nutrition Center for more information.

MYTH: Health Professionals Do Not Recommend Eating Canned Fruits and Vegetables.

A wide-range of health professionals encourage eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in any form – fresh, frozen, canned and 100% juice. Health professional groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Produce for Better Health Foundation have a variety of resources available touting the health benefits of canned fruits and vegetables. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 33% of adults are consuming daily recommended amounts of fruits, and only 27% of vegetables. Increasing produce consumption in any form is encouraged.

MYTH: Canned fruit is high in sugar.

While canned fruit is still available in heavy syrup, most canned peaches are now packed in extra light syrup or 100% juice. Some people may have a taste preference, but both extra light syrup and 100% juice have the same amount of sugar per serving – between 13 and14 grams. The sugar in the 100% juice pack is what is naturally occurring in the fruit. Peaches packed in extra light syrup have only water and a small amount of natural cane sugar. That’s it!

MYTH: Canned fruit doesn’t taste as good as fresh.

Whether you are grabbing canned peaches as a quick stand-alone snack or using them in a recipe, California canned peaches are sure to give you the same consistent, delicious taste every time! You never have to worry about fruit going bad on your counter before you are ready to eat it, since canned fruit is packed and packed fresh, you can enjoy it anytime! Visit our Recipe Section for more delicious ways to use canned peaches.

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March is National Nutrition Month

March marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month, an education and nutrition campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As we continue on through the month, we want to make sure we maintain a strong emphasis on the importance of nutrition! This is the a wonderful reminder to rethink what we’re putting on our plates and to try new ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into our daily diets. Here are 5 ways to eat more fruits and veggies with some of our favorite peach recipes!

  1. Include fruits AND veggies with breakfast! Boost your morning routine by adding a handful of spinach to your morning Peach Wellness Smoothie!
  2. Pick a new recipe you’ve never tried before. Check out our FREE online e-cookbook – “Nutrition Starts with a Well-Stocked Pantry” for a variety of new recipes to try. This cookbook was designed to utilize pantry-staple items in healthy and delicious recipes! Download it for free today.
  3. Swap it out! Peach puree is the perfect substitute for oil, butter, eggs and much more. View our “Peach Puree Swap” to learn how to switch out items in your baked goods for nutritious peach puree!
  4. Add zip to store-bought salsa. Adding diced canned peaches to store-bought salsa is a great way to sneak in an added serving of fruit! Serve salsa on top of chicken, fish or a leafy greens for a bright and well-ballanced meal.
  5. Dessert time! Adding fruit to your dessert allows you to still enjoy a sweet treat, but not go overboard! Check out our dessert section for a handful of ideas. Our favorites are Peachsicles, Simple Peach Sorbet and Peach and Dried Cherry Bread Pudding.

For more information, or two view the National Nutrition Month health tool kit, please visit EatRight.org.

 

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