Food - Drink
Why You Should Always Have Canned Fruit In Your Pantry
By JEN PENG
Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, and while you may think fresh is best when it comes to fruit, alternative options can work just as well when fresh fruit is not readily (or affordably) available. In fact, canned fruit can be just as nutritious as fresh or frozen, and may even have a higher antioxidant content.
Many fruits, including peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, and pineapples, come in canned form, ensuring access to your favorite fruit even if it's out of season. Canned fruit is also typically cheaper than its fresh counterpart, and very convenient to use, making for an easy addition to breakfasts, salads, and desserts.
Canned fruit packed in syrup can contain as much as 20 grams of extra sugar, so look for fruit packed in water or juice, or at least rinse the syrup off of the fruit before consumption. Try a squeeze or fresh lemon or lime over canned fruit if you want to eat it by itself or cook with it, and you'll see how versatile this staple can be.