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When it comes to eating healthy, there’s much more to it than just eliminating junk food. Choosing whole foods is the best option, and when choosing processed foods, it’s important to understand the type of processing that is used. If you can’t buy all fresh foods, frozen is generally the next best option, followed by canned foods. Some canned foods are an excellent source of protein, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. There are, however, a host of unwanted ingredients that go into many seemingly healthy canned foods. Many canned foods are chock full of sodium, preservatives, flavor enhancers and artificial flavoring. To maximize your healthy eating plan, learn to decipher between healthy canned food and options and those that may seem healthy but will actually do more harm than good.
3 Worst Canned Foods
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup was a staple in most homes just a few decades ago. Who doesn’t remember being served a nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup when battling a cold or flu, or as an after school snack before dinner? Sure, the chicken noodle soup that you consumed as a child was good for the body and soul, but the kind that is consumed today has come a long way from the healthy, nourishing soup from years ago. And that’s not a good thing. Although it might seem as though it is a nutritionally superior item compared to other soups on supermarket shelves, unfortunately, most canned chicken noodle soup varieties are laden with sodium and chemical preservatives.
To obtain the nutritional benefits associated with chicken noodle soup, skip the canned variety and make your own from scratch.
Peas have a relatively short shelf life. For this reason, peas are generally purchased either frozen or canned.
Canned peas don’t fare as well. Just one cup of canned peas contains almost 1/3 the recommended daily intake of sodium. What’s more, almost all of the vitamins and healthy nutrients are depleted by the high-heat canning process.
Ravioli...the Italian comfort food that is loved by both children and adults alike. There is an enormous difference between fresh-made ravioli and canned ravioli. The canned varieties are loaded with sodium, sugar and saturated fats. In addition to being chock-full of preservatives and artificial flavorings, canned ravioli is almost completely devoid of any vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritionally bankrupt food.