Are you sometimes short on fruits and vegetables in your diet? You’re not alone. In 2017 the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) released a report that found only about 10% of us get the recommended number of servings each day. Depending on your age and gender, experts agree that we should be eating at least 1 ½-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables each day.
Likely part of the issue with not getting enough of these healthy foods is the cost. When fruits and vegetables are in season, they are typically reasonably priced, but the cost can skyrocket when they are not. One way to cut costs is to take advantage of sales such as Community Markets “Half Price Happy Hour” from 4-7 pm each Thursday night at the store on East Sandusky Avenue. All of their fresh fruits and vegetables are half price!
But if you can’t get to this sale on a weekly basis, how else can you save money without missing out on fruits and vegetables? Enter frozen, and yes, even canned, fruits and vegetables. Survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that adults and kids who ate canned fruits and vegetables at more servings overall, consumed more fiber, potassium, and vitamin A than those who did not. Many consumers fear canned fruits and vegetables because of added salt or sugar, but the research doesn't support that this necessarily occurs. The NHANES survey found that those who ate canned fruits or vegetables did NOT consumer more salt or sugar than those who don’t. (Of course, it's always sensible to drain heavy syrup off fruit or rinse canned vegetables. There are also options that are lower in sugar and salt available at most grocery stores.)
How much produce can you buy for $10? This graphic from the Canned Foods Alliance sorts out the dollars and cents!