Canned foods are a staple of many homes here in the US. They’re easy to store, easy to use, and quite cheap to buy.
But they have another side to them as well.
Nutrition experts have long talked about buying fresh or frozen instead of canned as he foods tends to lose some nutrients when under such high heat. And there is also the issue of the can lining, many still use chemicals like BPA which is an endocrine disruptor. (endocrine system = hormone production)
Now, I’ll be the first one to admit – I still have a couple of cans in my home every now and again.
But not near as many as I used to! Because instead of preparing a meal by adding a couple of cans of this and a can of that, I actually make most everything from scratch. (seriously, I think my old chili recipe I got from a friend was just 6 cans of various ingredients) And once or twice a year I buy canned green beans (yuck) for a green bean casserole as Todd wouldn’t have it any other way.
Instead of buying cans of beans, try buying dried beans instead. Not only is it a much cheaper option, you’ll also be able to prepare them so as to absorb the most nutrients from them.
And to be completely honest here – Todd hates when I make them at home. Somehow they just don’t have the same texture as canned (which I don’t think is a bad thing – I think he’s just so used to eating the canned foods he grew up with), so I’m working on it. If you have a great technique to share, I’m all ears.
If you’re looking to learn the ins and outs of how to prepare them, try the online courses at GNOWFGLINS. You only sign up for a month at a time, so it’s very affordable. Actually, I should probably do this huh?
And if you already know how to make them (make sure to fill me in on secrets) Katie has an ebook full of bean recipes.
Buy them fresh when they’re in season and your taste buds will thank you. During the winter, I buy most of them frozen. This is due to the fact that I live in Michigan and the produce travels quite far to get here, so it’s really as fresh as it could be.
And when you absolutely, positively have to buy a can of food, try to at least buy it in a BPA free can. (I think Eden organic has mostly BPA free cans now)
What canned foods have you replaced in your house? Which ones are hard to give up?
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