The findings, based on an analysis of national eating trends and a survey of leading nutrition experts, revealed that canned foods are not only a staple in healthier diets, they are associated with higher intakes of fruit and vegetables, dairy, lean protein and whole grains, and contribute to an all-around healthier, balanced diet as recommended by the government's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The analysis was conducted for the Can Manufacturers Institute and examined NPD Group's National Eating Trends survey and Nutrient Intake Database. It found that adults and children who frequently eat canned foods (six or more times in two weeks) have better diet quality compared to those who eat canned foods less frequently -- one-to-two times over the same period.
A recent survey of more than 300 registered dietitians (RDs), who counsel people on balanced eating and weight management, underscores the NPD analysis. In the survey, these nutrition experts indicated that they recognize the nutrition and value of canned foods:
- 100% of the RDs recommend canned foods to people who need to consume more fruits, vegetables, beans or fish in their diets.
- 99% of the RDs report that they have used some form of canned food in the past month to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families.
- 88% believe that the convenience of canned foods helps busy families get healthy balanced meals on the table.
This new research further affirms a study that highlighted the nutrition, cost and safety benefits of canned food conducted by Michigan State University, published in February in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.