10 Reasons Why Canned Fruits And Vegetables Are Bad For You

It beats all reason why someonewould suggest that canned foods are good for you, because they are not. It is only logical for people to believe that fresh foods are much healthier and better than canned foods; those who love canned foods mainly do so because they are processed and easy to prepare. So why are canned foods not good for your health?

1. BISPHENOL

This product is also known as BPA and is poisonous in small amounts. There was a lot of controversy over the content of a can leaking into the chemical structure of canned foods, and many companies started lining the cans with plastic. The reason was that they felt that the foods would be better if they were wrapped in the plastic, but this is not so. BPA is found in these plastics, and prolonged use can bring about health problems in the future.

BPA is a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the endocrine system, even in small amounts. It has been linked to a wide variety of ills, including infertility, breast and reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, behavioral changes in children and resistance to chemotherapy treatments.

Source: http://www.ewg.org/bpa/

BPA can cause hypertension, hormonal imbalances, heart disease, cancer and obesity, among many other health conditions. An organization known as the Environmental Working Group has shown that more than half of the branded canned foods contain BPA.

2. POOR REGULATION AND PRODUCTION

In some countries, the process of canning foods is not properly regulated, and these foods are imported to America and Europe, simply because they give better profits to the merchants. Tinned foods from some countries are processed using unripe products, supposedly to maintain the freshness of the product. The poorly regulated facilities do not ensure stringent canning procedures, and this has caused some outbreaks of disease in the past. One can recall the Salmonella outbreak that was brought about by canned sprouts from Columbia.

The poorly regulated facilities do not ensure stringent canning procedures, and this has caused some outbreaks of disease in the past. One can recall the Salmonella outbreak that was brought about by canned sprouts from Columbia.

3. ALUMINUM POTS

Aluminum pots and pans were banned due to the fact that the metal leaks into the food, when it is heated.Some of the canned foods are processed when in the cans; the food is placed in the cans, and then cooked after sealing. This means that some of the chemicals in the aluminum cans leaks into the food. Although this process is said to maintain the freshness of the product, the danger is very real, that the aluminum will build up in the body, when one eats too much of this food.

In the long run, Aluminum causes diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and this is the reason why these processed foods are not good for human consumption. The next time you take canned vegetables, soups and sauces, you should consider the fact that the free radicals may have leaked from the can, and into the food, through processing with heat.

4. PRESERVATIVES

These have been a source of controversy, where processed foods are concerned. One of the largest ingredients in these preservative is Sodium. This is used to keep the contents of the can from rotting, but it has been proved that excessive use of sodium will bring about health problems, especially where the circulatory system in concerned. Although certain regulatory organizations claim that preservatives are not harmful, they should maintain that this only applies to healthy people.

Vulnerable people such as babies, pregnant mothers, and people with underlying health conditions, can be harmed by the preservatives. One should consider the health issues concerned with Sodium and avoid canned foods at all costs.

5. POOR FOOD QUALITY

Granted, fresh fruits and vegetable contain the best nutrients, and this is the reason why people look for freshness above all else. Organic fruits and vegetable attract premium prices due to their high nutrient quality. Suffice it to say that these foods should be consumed within a few short hours, after they are picked. Canned foods do not maintain this freshness, even though they are said to do so. There would be no need of canning and adding preservatives if the canning process maintains freshness.

The canned foods do not have good quality and do not provide a lot of health benefits to the body. Looking at the expiry dates on the cans, you can see that they are sometimes a year old, and one cannot really say that they have maintain their nutrient value for such a long period.

6. SULFITES

These are Sulfur-based compounds which are found in canned foods. Canned vegetables are the main food category, which is preserved using sulfites. Sensitivity to sulfites varies from one person to another, and in some cases it can be deadly. Only about 1% of the population has adverse reactions to sulfites, but this is still a cause for concern. Although the labels may not use the term “sulfites”, any product going by the name of Sulfur Dioxide, Potassium Bisulphite, Sodium Sulphite, and Potassium Metabisulfite, will contain these potentially harmful substances.

7. ARTIFICIAL RIPENING

As has been mentioned above, canned vegetables are sometimes picked before they are fully ripe, and then artificially ripened. The fact that they are picked before they are ripened means that the food has lower nutritional value, as well as banned substances.

Artificial ripening may involve processes that will make the resultant produce unfit for consumption. Canned tomatoes are the largest proportion of canned vegetables, so before you buy that paste that you love so much, think about the harm that you could be exposing yourself to.

8. RISK OF CHOLESTEROL

Some of the products used as preservatives may expose you to the risk of building up you cholesterol levels. Cholesterol has been found to be a major contributor to heart failure. You should be aware that you can increase your chances of getting bad cholesterol, through frequent use of tinned fruits and vegetables.

9. BOTULISM

This is a condition that can be brought about through the use of canned foods. This is a topic that is predominant in the fight against the use of canned foods. Various regulatory organizations and medical researchers have found a direct link between the onset of botulism and the consumption of canned foods.

10. EXPOSURE TO CORROSION

Some canned foods are not packed properly, and the cans become corroded. Since most merchants will not want to recall the products and go through huge losses, they simply have the cans cleaned and then distributed to supermarkets. If you have ever caught a whiff of corrosion on a canned product, then you will know this to be true.

Basically, one should buy fresh fruits and vegetables, even if you do not have the time to frequent the fresh produce markets.

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