Canned Fruit: Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, and Recipes

Canned fruit is a convenient and affordable way to enjoy fruits all year round. But is canned fruit healthy? How does it compare to fresh fruit in terms of nutrition? And what are some delicious recipes that use canned fruit? In this article, WTP Agri will answer these questions and more.

Canned Fruit Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, and Recipes

Health Benefits of Canned Fruit

Canned fruit can provide many health benefits, such as:

  • Boosting your intake of fruits and vegetables. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), eating at least 400 grams of fruits and vegetables per day can lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Canned fruit can help you meet this recommendation, especially when fresh fruit is not available or affordable.
  • Providing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Canned fruit contains similar amounts of these nutrients as fresh fruit, and sometimes even more. For example, canned tomatoes have higher levels of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can protect against prostate cancer. Canned peaches have higher levels of vitamin C and folate than fresh peaches. Canned pineapple has higher levels of bromelain, an enzyme that can reduce inflammation and improve digestion.
  • Preserving the freshness and quality of fruits. Canning is a process that involves heating and sealing fruits in airtight containers, which prevents spoilage and microbial growth. Canning also preserves the flavor, texture, and color of fruits. Most fruits are canned within hours of harvest, which ensures that they retain their peak ripeness and nutritional value.

Nutrition Facts of Canned Fruit

The nutrition facts of canned fruit depend on the type of fruit, the canning method, and the added ingredients. Generally speaking, canned fruit has similar or slightly lower amounts of calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber as fresh fruit. However, canned fruit may have higher or lower amounts of certain vitamins and minerals, depending on the canning process and the liquid used.

The most common liquids used for canning fruits are water, juice, syrup, or brine. Water is the healthiest option, as it adds no extra calories or sugar to the fruit. Juice adds some natural sugars and vitamins to the fruit, but also increases the calorie content. Syrup adds a lot of refined sugars and calories to the fruit, which can negate some of the health benefits. Brine adds salt and vinegar to the fruit, which can alter the taste and texture.

To choose the healthiest canned fruit, look for labels that say “in water”, “in juice”, “no added sugar”, or “unsweetened”. Avoid labels that say “in syrup”, “heavy syrup”, or “extra light syrup”. Also check the ingredient list and the nutrition facts panel for the amount of sugar, sodium, and other additives.

Canned Fruit Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, and Recipes

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Recipes with Canned Fruit

Canned fruit can be used to make a variety of delicious dishes, from desserts to salads to main courses. Here are some examples of recipes that use canned fruit:

  • Frozen Fruit Cups: This is a refreshing and easy treat that uses canned fruit cocktail, pineapple, and mandarin oranges, along with yogurt, whipped topping, and coconut. You can freeze them in muffin cups and enjoy them anytime.
  • Mini Cherry Cheesecakes: These are cute and yummy cheesecakes that use canned cherry pie filling as a topping. You can make them with a cake mix, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla, and bake them in muffin tins.
  • Citrus Cornmeal Cake: This is a moist and flavorful cake that uses canned mandarin oranges and lemon zest. You can make it with cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and yogurt, and top it with a citrus glaze made of powdered sugar, lemon juice, and orange juice.
  • Orange-Pistachio Quinoa Salad: This is a healthy and colorful salad that uses canned mandarin oranges and pistachios. You can make it with quinoa, chicken broth, orange juice, olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, spinach, feta cheese, and mint.

Canned Fruit Health Benefits, Nutrition Facts, and Recipes

Experience the unique flavors of different regions by trying out the recipes above using canned fruits produced in Vietnam.

Vietnam has immense potential as a leading exporter of canned fruits on the global stage. The country's abundant variety of fruits, perfectly suited for canning, adds to its appeal. Moreover, Vietnam's competitive edge lies in its ability to produce high-value canned fruit products at low production costs. This advantage, combined with the government's unwavering support and commitment to trade integration, has significantly bolstered the country's export performance. Importantly, Vietnamese canned fruits meet and surpass the rigorous international standards for both quality and quantity, ensuring their reliability in the global market.

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