canned sliced pineapple

We’ve all heard the old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," but does that remain true if the apples are pre-sliced and canned? Canned fruit often gets a bad wrap, with many people believing that when it comes to fruit, if it’s not fresh, it must be devoid of nutritional value and loaded with unhealthy added sugars. This has led some to steer clear of the canned fruit aisle, while others remain steadfast that canned fruit has its place in a healthy diet.

Developed in the early 1700s to ensure soldiers and sailors had provisions during times of war, canning is a method of preserving foodstuffs by sealing them in airtight containers (per Healthline). While the process may vary depending on the product, canning will inevitably include three steps. First, the food undergoes processing in which it is peeled, sliced, chopped, pitted, boned, shelled, or cooked before it is sealed in cans. Once the cans are sealed, they are then heated to kill any bacteria that might cause the food to spoil, making the food stable for one to five years, or even longer. With such an impressive shelf-life, canned fruit makes an appealing case against fresh fruit, which is often only good for days or weeks before turning. But when you opt for canned fruit, are you forfeiting health for convenience?