Diabetes Awareness Month

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Hey all! November celebrates Diabetes Awareness Month! We have written blogs in the past on diabetes basics and have several handouts on diabetes as well. So, for this blog I wanted to do a bit of myth busting in regards to diabetes- my personal favorite. Continue reading “Diabetes Awareness Month”

Why canned produce is just as healthy as fresh!

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February celebrates heart month! Heart Disease continues to be the number one killer among Americans. It is essential that you are doing all you can to either treat your heart disease or prevent yourself from ever being diagnosed with it. Diet is one of the biggest forms of control you have in prevention and treatment of this disease. Be sure to click here and check out my blog from last February so you can make some heart healthy additions to your diet and lifestyle practices. Don’t forget, I provide complimentary heart healthy grocery tours and would love to point out some great options for you and your families.

Now on to this year’s topic….

National Canned Foods Month

Make a healthier choice. Choose No Sugar Agged fruits. www.cobornsblog.comWho knew that it was National Canned Foods Month? Did you know such a holiday existed? I am sure glad it does; this gives me an opportunity to tell you all about how nutritious canned produce is for us! I bet some of you are shocked to hear that! I understand why some of them do get a bad rap, most of the time it is the sodium.  Yes, it is true that most canned items do have a lot of added sodium.  But did you know that Coborn’s offers no salt added canned produce items? And did you know that by draining your canned foods for 2-4 minutes, you can remove up to 36% of the sodium? When combined, draining and rinsing them lowers the sodium by 41% (Produce for Better Health). Now you may be saying that is the case with vegetables, but what about the sugar in canned fruits. Either you can buy the fruit that is in 100% juice or no sugar added or you can rinse them as well to remove any excess sugar.  But I’ll share this fact with you, too – canned fruit contributes to less than two percent of the added sugar in most American diets.  Top sources of added sugar in the diet come from soda, energy drinks and sport drinks, grain-based desserts, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, candy, ready to eat cereals, sugars and honey, tea and yeast breads.

Focus on the positives

Why canned produce can be just as healthy as fresh. www.cobornsblog.comI am very excited to share with you some information on this topic, because so many people focus on the negatives and forget that there are a lot of positives.  If it was recommended to consume only fresh produce items, due to cost, do you know how many fewer produce items people would probably buy? AND… did you know that canned and frozen items are picked at the peak of ripeness and their nutrients are preserved by either being frozen or canned? On the other hand, the nutrients in fresh produce continue to break down as they sit on the shelf.  Ultimately ALL forms matter, canned, frozen, fresh, dried, and 100% juice.  According to Produce for Better Health, this maximizes nutrition, minimizes waste, saves money, and assures that there is always a variety of fruits and vegetables available.  “Exclusively recommending one form of fruit or vegetable over another ignores the benefits of each form and limits consumer choice” (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture).  “Ultimately, consumers believe they can actually achieve their fruit and vegetable consumption goals when they know that they can ‘count’ all forms toward their daily goal” (JADA).  These are all very important to note as “Americans are not eating even half of their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables” (Produce for Better Health).  Let’s focus on the real issue at hand; Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables!

“When primary shoppers were asked what factors made it most difficult for them to include more fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks, cost was among the highest concerns.  In fact, 44% said fruit was too expensive and 35% said vegetables were too expensive” (Produce for Better Health).

Processed VS. Fresh

Why canned produce can be just as healthy as fresh. www.cobornsblog.com“Fresh, frozen, dried, and canned fruits and vegetables contain similar amounts of fiber and minerals.  Cooking fruits or vegetables does not destroy fiber or minerals” (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture) (USDA National Nutrient Database). Did you know that “most fat-soluble nutrients, including carotenoids, vitamin A, and vitamin E, are higher in processed fruits and vegetables?  This is true, in part, because the mild heat treatment in processed products allowed for greater bioavailability of lipid-soluble nutrients.  Processed fruits and vegetables may also contain greater nutritional value because some processing cultivars are more nutritious than fresh cultivars, as is the case with tomatoes” (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture) (Produce for Better Health).

Convenience and Cost

Who likes food that is easy and convenient? UM, HELLO – ME! I am assuming the rest of you answered with a big “YES!” Well guess what, you are in luck! Canned and frozen produce is already pre-cut , you just have to warm it up or in the case of fruit, just eat it! And you will have less waste because you can always put it back in the freeze after you take out the portion you want.

“Getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables costs as little as $2-$2.50 per day!” (Produce for Better Health)

After reading this blog, you have no excuses not to get in your daily needs of fruits and vegetables J

Peace and Wellness,
Coborn’s Registered Dietitian

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