Consuming a well-balanced diet has always been crucial, but the 'new normal' amid the global COVID-19 crisis has increased the importance of staying active and eating healthy. Along with the surge in demand for toilet paper rolls, lockdowns, the fear of contracting the contagious virus resulted in a drastic increase in sales of canned food as people began stocking them.

Preserving foods by processing and sealing them in airtight containers to prevent spoilage for long periods is known as 'canning.' The process dates back to the late 18th century when sailors and soldiers were sent food in metal cans to feed thousands of men who were away from home to be part of the war.

The health-conscious enthusiasts debate that fresh foods are healthier. But, researches have revealed that canned foods can be equally nutritional. Let’s compare fresh VS canned foods to find out more.

Harvesting

Fresh and canned foods in a supermarket

UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization suggests that any fruit or vegetable begins losing nutrients as soon as it’s harvested. Even fruits and vegetables that are cooked fresh sit in transit warehouses or shelves for long periods causing them to lose nutritional value.

Canned foods are often cooked instantly on high heat to kill bacteria and seal their nutritional value for longer periods causing them to remain intact as a healthy alternate, according to reports by the US-FDA and the International Food Information Council (IFIC)

Canned Food

Since fresh foods are expended with no added preservatives, salts and other chemicals, they’re usually brimming with flavor. 

While canned foods also preserve a reasonable taste, chemicals added to expand the timeframe of usability sometimes impact the flavor. But given the advances in food technology, commercially canned foods are now available with reduced sodium, sugar, and other chemicals for people who prefer natural flavors or can’t consume the condiments due to health issues.

Nutrition

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Vitamins, thiamin, fiber, folate, potassium, calcium, and nutrients are found to be unaltered or higher in canned foods than their counterparts. A comparative study by the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition confirms these claims.

Making the Right Choice

  • One costs less, whereas the other is consistently available throughout the year.
  • Fresh food needs freezers and refrigerators; canned food allows easy storage.
  • Canned foods make cooking quicker and easier for people with busy lifestyles while its counterpart needs attention to detail such as chopping, washing, and much more.

While canned foods and fresh foods have their pros and cons, equal intake of vegetables, fruits and proteins is important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Reading the label is the best way to ensure what you're consuming is safe and healthy.

This is because, without any conflict, organic food is deemed best for consumption. The rising rate of obesity and other diseases in the USA caused people to shift to a healthy lifestyle. East Asian snacks, ingredients, beverages, pantry staples, organic teas, and many other delicacies are highly demanded due to their known health benefits. But Chinese, Japanese and Korean products are often not easily available or aren’t as fresh.

SFMart is here to solve all your problems. We’ve partnered with various suppliers from Asia to deliver authentic food and beauty products right to your doorstep within three days. We offer everything from Korean snacks and Korean Kimchi to Korean ramen and noodles, Chinese teas, and Korean beauty products. We also offer canned foods.

If you're confused about choosing, you can find interesting tips and recipes in our ‘How to cook’ section. Plus, if your order rings up to $50, the delivery is free! Contact us at (714) 256-0808 to know more about our weekly deals and discounts.