As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been forced to cook at home using pantry staples and nonperishable goods for months. Convenient, affordable and easy to stock for long periods of time, canned foods help solve many cooking and shopping problems especially in an era where people outside those in their own households are not supposed to be physically near one another to avoid contact with the virus.
Their role in health, however, is less clear. In fact, there are various opinions over the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of these products. According to Asher Adelman, nutritional therapy practitioner and CEO of Life Health & Wellness Center, canned foods should be treated like any other kind of food. “When shopping for canned foods, the best choices are real whole foods that aren’t processed and that don’t contain refined grains, sugar or inflammatory vegetable oils like corn, canola and soybean oils,” Adelman told CNET.
Reading food labels helps when searching for canned goods since many of these can contain health-harming BPAs. Still, if you want to be totally assured nutrition-wise amid the pandemic, then below is a list of best and worst canned foods that you can stock up at home (or donate), according to nutritionists and other nutrition experts:
Registered nutritionist Gabrielle McGrath of Lexi’s Clean Living said that canned pumpkin is great for its range of health benefits. Both plain and canned pumpkin puree (with no other additives) contain nutrients and