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With the pandemic forcing us all to cook more often from pantry staples and non-perishable food stashes, canned food has probably never been more popular. But what’s the best canned food to stock from a nutritional point of view?
The pros and cons of canned goods
Canned foods are convenient, affordable and easy to stock for long periods of time. They can be a simple solution to many shopping and cooking problems. Their health implications, however, are less clear. When it comes to the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of these products, there’s a wide range of opinions.
“People should treat canned foods as they would any kind of food,” nutritional therapy practitioner and Life Health & Wellness Center CEO Asher Adelman says. “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.”
Time to get more specific! Here are the details about the best and worst canned foods you can buy (for yourself or to donate), according to nutritionists and other nutrition experts.
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