- Canned fruit offers great nutrition and is less expensive on a cost per serving basis than fresh fruit. Shelf stable canned fruit is available year-round and arrives ready-to-eat and packaged in
appropriate portion sizes.
- Several university studies confirm that canned fruit is
nutritionally comparable to fresh fruit.
UC Davis Nutrition Comparison Study Results
Canned, Frozen, and Fresh – Nutritionally Similar
- A healthy eating pattern includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- All forms contribute good nutrition. For some nutrients, canned fruits/vegetables provide more than fresh.
- Exclusively recommending one form over another ignores the benefits of each and limits consumer choice.
- By the time food is consumed, all forms may be nutritionally similar.
- Canned, frozen, and fresh each contribute important ingredients.
Source: Rickman et al. “Nutritional Comparison of Fresh, Frozen and Canned Fruits and Vegetables,“ Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, March and April, 2007
Myth: Foods that Come in Cans are Not as Nutrious as Fresh and Frozen Varieties
Myth: Canned Foods are Highly Processed
Myth: Canned Foods are Filled with Preservatives
Myth: Canned Fruit Has Too Much Sugary Syrup Added
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Sources of Added Sugar in the Typical American Diet
Fruit Packed in Juice and Extra Light Syrup contain exactly the same amount of sugar.
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