Rethink your emergency stash of canned goods –

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You’re not really a Floridian until you’ve gotten your first disaster prep under your belt. Most years, that means stocking up on water and food in case of hurricanes. This year, canned and frozen food and toilet paper were swept off the shelves to stock up for the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as life begins to open up again, what in the world will you do with all those cans? They can’t be healthy, right? 

Wrong. Mostly. 

“A canned green bean is better than no green bean,” Sarasota nutritionist Nora Clemens said. “The canning industry has really high standards for how they process their foods, and that includes quickly putting them through the canning process, so that they’re processed at the peak of their freshness.”

That means those carrots in a can probably retained more of their original nutrients than those carrots currently hanging on in your refrigerator drawer. You should strive to get your fruits and veggies in whatever way you can, so don’t waste cans if you’re thinking they’re less than fresh foods. The one thing with canned veggies is that they often have salt added to them as part of the canning process, but Clemens said if you give them a good rinse, you’ll be able to get a perfectly good piece of produce. Same goes for fruits, which are often packed in a lot of sugar or syrup. 

“I want … to show people not to freak out and say: ‘Oh, I’m being such a bad parent. I’m buying canned vegetables and fruits,'” Clemens said. “No,

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