If something works, why fix it? Loading up on shelf stable products, especially those that come in handy dandy tin cans is a timeless way to buy food on a budget. It’s a common misconception that if something isn't fresh that it isn't that good for you. So let's bust that myth…
The fact of the matter is, for most foods, the process of canning actually preserves the nutrients inside the product.
That's right, all the goodness found in your favorite foods (vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs, and fat) remain unchanged in most all canned products. But what exactly is canning? Let's go to the USDA for this one.
Canning is a way to store food for long periods of time. It is a method of preserving where food is placed in airtight, vacuum-sealed containers and heat processed at 250 °F (121 °C). This destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. As the food cools, a vacuum seal is formed that prevents any new bacteria from getting in. Since the food in the container is commercially sterile, it does not spoil. Once the container is opened, however, bacteria can enter and begin growing in the food. Any unused portions must then be refrigerated in clean containers.
Now that we’ve established that canned foods are just as nutritious, we can give you another reason why you should add them to your cart.
Not only do canned products have a lower upfront cost than most other items you will find at the store (save on canned items here), but you also avoid losing money in the future. There’s no need to stress about eating those green beans before they go bad, because you’ve got time with cans. According to the USDA, high acid canned goods last 12-18 months while low acid foods last anywhere from 2-5 years! Avoid throwing food and your money in the trash and buy more canned goods.
Not to mention, that the convenience of eating canned foods is a killer bonus! Just pull the tab away and a balanced meal awaits you. In a pinch and don't have time to make dinner, no need to worry cause you’ve now got cans FOR DAYS. Choosing canned foods for your dinner saves you time AND money.