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Canned Foods: Good or Bad Still?

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Published on : Apr 20, 2016

Canned preserved foods have always been talked about ever since their foray into the mainstream food and beverage industry. These reasons have varied from bad to good, and are almost always swaying – and sticking – to the bad side. Sure, the advantages that canned foods give are extremely beneficial to the way we live today. An increasing number of people are leading lives where there is little time to cook fresh foods and to prepare hot meals at home. As a result, a growing number of people are looking to the speed, convenience, and taste, of canned preserved foods. But at what cost?

Developing Economies to See Canned Foods Boom
The global market for canned preserve foods seems to be proliferating in the developing regions of South America and the Asian continent. In fact, manufacturers and distributors are looking to expand their horizons towards the yet untapped locations and demographics that these regions have in store. Why? Because the consumers in these regions are living increasing urban lives and cannot spend too much time to cook for themselves. The surge of canned foods in these regions is high and rather inevitable. While it is helping the larger population of these regions lead a faster pace of life, there is still much left unsaid about the negative health effect that canned foods can have if consumed regularly.

Problems with Canned Foods
The CDC had once warned consumers against constant consumption of canned consumables. This is because the canned foods contain high levels of preservatives, specifically sugar and salt. Overconsumption of salt can lead to serious health complications, including high blood pressure. There are also other chemicals that consumers need to be wary about. Recent report have revealed rather alarming rates of Bisphenol A, or BPA, in canned foods manufactured by the top players. As many as 70% of the cans sold by major retailers were found to contain BPA, which is linked to problems of reproduction and child development.