When shopping for vegetables, it’s often hard to decide between fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. While fresh veggies are preferred, since they have been through little or no processing, they only last a few days, where frozen and canned varieties last for months.
Canned vegetables retain alot of health benefits seen in fresh and frozen varieties and can actually offer additional health benefits. For example, lycopene (seen in tomatoes) becomes more usable to you after processing or canning, according to the American Dietetic Association.
Often canned foods are a high source of salt, so when you buy canned vegetables, look for varieties that are reduced sodium and rinse the vegetables before cooking. Also make sure your cans aren’t bent, since this could mean they weren’t fully processed and could be bad.