Peaches, in whatever variety they come, either fresh or canned, are excellent additions to anyones diet.
Canned peaches in particular are super delicious, perfect for consuming as they are, or emptied into containers and purposed into cobblers, crisp, and other fruit desserts.
Just recently, a new study has claimed that canned peaches could be more nutritious than fresh peaches as they retain some nutrients better than them, and also have some in the more abundant quantities.
Let’s briefly go through what the study claims!
Canned peaches are higher in Vitamin C
Fresh peaches have some quantity of vitamin C in them, most likely diminished by a great value since they are shipped and therefore stored for days which leads to degradation of nutritional content. Canned peaches on the other hand have three times what you’ll find in a really fresh peach, it give around 5% of daily value vitamin C. And it retains this vitamin far better than fresh peaches do.
Canned peaches can be stored for months without having any significant reduction in their vitamin C content as opposed to fresh peaches that can only a last few days.
Incredible isn’t it? The former part was what the study published in the journal of science of food and Agriculture discovered.
The reason for such incredulous discovery, is that as peaches are picked at their prime and turned into canned versions of themselves, some sort of cell way destruction happens along the process and procedure chain which makes nutrients even more available to humans. If there is any takeaway from these claims, it’s that both fresh peaches and canned peaches contain theoretically equal amounts of vitamins, but what makes the overall difference is how much is readily available to be consumed, which happens to be greater in canned peaches.
Other nutrients that have been observed to be higher in canned peaches include:
- Vitamin A
When canned peaches aren’t good for you
While it’s true canned peaches and fresh peaches maintain a rigid balance in a tug of war game. Not all canned peaches are created equally, just the way fresh peaches sometimes contrast in quality to one another.
Some canned peaches are simply better than others. These are normally peaches that are forced to swim in their own juice as opposed to swim in a thick solution of sucrose! In other words, peaches that are packed in their own juice as opposed to those packed in a syrup.
These contain less sugar and are thus naturally superior. So already know the side effects of too much sugar don’t you?
Does cooking canned peaches reduce nutrients?
It could, but not any worse than it does in fresh peaches. Cooking peaches can expose them to oxygen which can aid degradation of nutritional quality, but on the other hand, heat from stove can also deactivate some enzymes responsible for nutrition degradation which in this case is a good thing.
If there’s anything to take away from the above paragraph, it’s that cooking peaches should be on the list of items that worry you the least. There is just nothing to worry about!
Safety practices with regards to canned peaches
While the song of the benefits of canned peaches are said, the safety practices of handling canned peaches must be screamed!
You could go from a healthy to sick bed in as little as a flash when you maltreat peaches the way you like.
Here are some safety procedures regarding using canned peaches you should know.
- Avoid bloated canned peaches in the stores.
- Avoid dented cans too.
- Also avoid leaking cans and those with seals that aren’t fixed properly.
- Avoid cans with ends that are bulging
- Throw away cans having smelly peaches.
- Throw away cans having liquids squirting out when you open them, they’re bloated and therefore improperly made.
- Store opened canned peaches in a container that is not made out of metal. Cover it tightly and then refrigerate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do canned peaches have any nutritional value?
Of course canned peaches have nutritional value, that which rivals the punch from a fresh produce and even surpasses it in some departments like Vitamin C and folate.
Canned peaches are just as nutritious as fresh peaches, although they may not necessarily taste as good as the latter.
Is canned fruit better than no fruit?
Of course. In most cases, canned fruits are just as nutritious as fresh produce, with some even better than it.
Are canned peaches cooked?
Yes they are cooked, but only to a level that drives off the oxygen in them. This is otherwise known as blanching and there is definitely a clear distinction between it and cooking. So while canned peaches are blanched, they are not cooked as in cooked!
Canned peaches, in whatever variety they come, are just as nutritious as fresh peaches. And whatever fresh peaches will do your you, can peaches will definitely do so and even more.
Canned peaches contain some crucial vitamins like C and E which are even higher in them then in fresh peaches and they also contain the higher amount of folate which is known to help with blood levels.
While we sing that canned peaches are highly nutritious and safe to consume, their dark sides must not be ignored. Some of them can be coated in unhealthy syrups that can eventually trigger negative responses in certain people. For example, syrup and sweetened fruit juice used as the syrup that can actually raise blood sugar levels in some people.
In this cases, people are advised to stick with canned peaches that are dipped in unsweetened fruit juice to minimize their sugar intake.