Don’t you just love canned food? You come home from a hard day’s work, pop in a can and you’ve got dinner in 10 minutes. I bet all you can see is your hot dinner plate. Although in these days, convenience is king but have you ever wondered what those cans of tomato soup, beans or corn contain? I bet no one thinks about how dangerous canned food can be. When consumer reports performed tests on canned food, the results were alarming, they found that almost all canned food contains Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is toxic and has been linked to a number of health problems and diseases. Canned food might seem like a better option when nothing else is available and no one likes rushing out to buy fresh produce, but it can affect and harm your health in the long run. Here are a few reasons why you should ditch the canned stuff and opt for fresh vegetables and fruits, or better yet, proper home cooked meals or even frozen veggies .
Sodium or salt is not bad for you, it’s just that we have begun eating too much of it. While the daily recommended amount is between 500mg to 1000 mg, which is equal to about half a teaspoon, it’s been found that the average person today consumes much, much more than that. While fresh vegetables don’t pose a risk of too much sodium, canned vegetables on the other hand are high in sodium. So before buying any canned stuff, check the label, check the amount of salt or buy the low salt or sodium ones which are very easily available. If you’re still afraid about the salt content, you can rinse the food from the can in water first then put them in an oven or a pot. This reduces some of the salt content.
9. Imported Canned Food
Imported canned food is more harmful than the ones available locally. This is due to the fact that manufacturers and canned food companies compensate by making the food less and less nutritious simply for making more profits. Moreover, in less developed countries, other than the USA, UK and Europe, conditions are not very hygienic and the food is not inspected on a daily basis. So the canned food that gets imported is unhealthy, less nutritious and very highly priced. Quite recently there were a few outbreaks, like the salmonella outbreak caused from sprouts imported by Columbia and the outbreak caused by canned green beans from Brazil.
8. Less Nutrients
Of course, it’s quite obvious that canned food is less nutritious and beneficial than fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, canned fruits and vegetables are picked when they are not fully ripe, which means they have 80% less nutrients than foods that are fully ripened. So you don’t get the full benefits and nourishment from canned food. Also, canned fruits contain a high amount of sugar, which of course, means empty calories. So whenever possible, it’s best to go for fresh vegetables and fruits. Just check what is locally available in your area; it’s the tastiest, healthiest and freshest produce you’ll get.
Ah !Preservatives ,They are added to almost all of our foods, from honey to cola, to prevent bacteria, yeast and mold growth, preserve the color and flavor and prevent the food from going bad by preventing oxidation. So it basically seems that preservatives are hard to avoid. However, canned food companies use the preservatives in canned food from rotting, by; yes you guessed it right, copious amount of SALT. This means, lots and lots of salt. Again. The justification given by canned food manufacturers is that it prevents the food from rotting. These preservatives have been known to be harmful to pregnant women, babies, children, and anyone else suffering from chronic disease.
Another reason to avoid canned food. Sulphites are sulfur based compounds that are added to canned foods as preservatives. They are used to stop discoloration and browning in canned food. While this may sound purely innocent, it has been found that one out of every 100 people is sensitive to sulfites. The reaction can be deadly and life threatening. A bad reaction may take on the form of shortness of breath and wheezing. Sulphites in canned food can also cause allergy, hay fever, wheezing, coughing and sometimes, life threatening anaphylactic reaction. You can check the labels of canned food for any signs of sulfites, if you’re careful, but since canned foods don’t have sulfites listed as ingredients, you can look ingredients that have sulfur dioxide, potassium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite or sodium sulfite.
5. Aluminum Leaks
People working in kitchens know that aluminum pots and pans leak. Similarly, aluminum cans also leak. What a lot of people don’t know is that canned food companies, in order to retain the freshness of the food, put the food in the aluminum cans, seal them and then heat them again. Aluminum cans have a lot of benefits for canned food companies since they are lighter; provide compact packaging and low prices. Aluminum is also more economical. So, this is the whole picture. What people don’t know is that aluminum accumulation in the body over the years causes Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss and when you heat the can, the aluminum leaks and contaminates your food.
4. Low Quality
Don’t ever think that the food inside the can is of high quality. If anyone tells you so, they’re lying. Never, ever believe that the food stuffed inside aluminum cans is of high quality, prepared with love and inspected for any harmful preservatives and sulfites. It’s not. If low quality food is available, they’ll just cook them up in a big oven while still sealed and shove them our throats, hid from the eyes of careful shopkeepers. So how can you get rid of this indispensable item, well for one, eliminate canned food from your diet. Its unhealthy and a quick, cheap way to have food. Instead stock up on fresh foods .If you’re strapped for time to even do that, go for frozen vegetables. Use foods available in glass jars or cartons and boxes.
3. Heart Diseases
Salt in canned food has been linked to many heart diseases and high blood pressure. When you eat more salt than your kidneys can retain, the extra salt retains water and your blood volume increases. High blood pressure can cause serious problems, especially due to the fact that it shows no early symptoms. Too much salt from canned food can also cause atherosclerosis, in which your vessels narrow down and your walls thicken making it harder for your heart to function, eventually leading to problems like heart attacks, stroke and heart failure. So, the best option is to reduce your salt intake on a daily basis and steer clear of salty, overpriced canned food.
The food used in canned food loses a lot of its nutrients during the packaging process, mainly because of the high temperatures used during sterilization. The food loses almost all of its proteins, again due to high temperature decomposition. The excess heat also leads increase in the amount of ammonia. High temperature sterilization has a direct impact on the fatty substances, causing degradation and leading to an increase in the amount of free fatty acids. The nutritional value of vitamins also decreases by 40 to 70 %, especially vitamin A and C.
1. BPA (Bisphenol)
Perhaps the most worrying aspect about canned food is the presence of BPA or Bisphenol. Over 200 studies have shown that Bisphenol is extremely harmful for our health. Most canned food these days have a plastic coating inside the can which keeps the food fresh. Well, that is what canned food companies claim. This plastic coating is Bisphenol or BPA for short. Well, at the coast of keeping your food fresh, Bisphenol is very harmful, firstly because humans are not supposed to eat plastic and secondly BPA is a toxic chemical which has been linked to causing cancer, hormone imbalances, hypertension and a range of other problems like obesity, heart disease, neurological diseases, reproductive abnormalities and high risks of breast and prostate cancer. Oh, it also reduces your libido as well. In fact, researches have shown that more than 50% canned food companies manufacture cans that have BPA in them.
So instead of canned food, make food from scratch, cook instead of heating, eat, fresh and healthy food, instead of packaged, processed and unhealthy canned food.