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The Truth About Canned Vegetables

March 21, 2012

We love you, Twitter.We have been listening with interest to the ongoing online conversation about our products. Quite frankly, it's fun to watch. There is a whole group of folks out there who believe that canned vegetables aren't "real" vegetables.  We see this.  The truth, however, is that canned veggies are often more nutritious than seasonably or geographically available fresh vegetables, and this comes as a surprise to many people.In a perfect world, we would all be able to step into our back yards, pick our own collard greens or beans, and then wash, clean, cook, and serve them within hours.  For many working families, this is neither practical nor possible. Those of us in more Northern states have additional challenges during part of the growing season when it's impossible to grow certain plants and many are simply are not available at the market.The most nutritious produce are actually those that are picked at the right time in their growth cycle and served as immediately as possible. Freshness matters.  Fruits and vegetables begin to lose nutrients as soon as they are picked and continue to lose nutrients each day in storage. There's no way around the fact that "unsealed" vegetables transported long distances--over days or weeks--simply don't contain as many vitamins and minerals as those which are locally grown and consumed quickly after harvest. How long did it take the veggies at the corner supermarket to get there from 1,300 miles away, how long were they in your grocer's warehouse, and how long have they been sitting in the produce aisle?  This is usually impossible to say.  It doesn't matter, really. Our good health depends on eating as many fresh vegetables as we can.Which brings us back to the concept of canned vegetables.Canned vegetables are fresh!  Our vegetables are grown by local farmers and picked at the height of their vitamin and mineral content.  We cook and can them within 24 hours of harvest, using traditional seasonings and herbs that are true to our down-home Southern roots.  Our operating principle--going from field to sealed within 24 hours--and each step we take in between field and sealed, assures that our products are as safe, as nutritious, and as healthy as possible, using no preservatives or artificial additives.Contrary to popular belief, canned foods offer a different fresh-from-the-farm alternative. And let's not forget the fact that they are often more affordable.The truth about canned vegetables isn't new information.  When the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition conducted a study on just this subject, here's what they concluded:

"Fresh" fruits and vegetables often are picked before their nutrient content has peaked and may spend as many as 7 to 14 days in transit, even before they hit the supermarket. Add to this the number of days they spend in the store and in the crisper drawer before they’re consumed and it’s easy to see that "fresh" can just as easily be found in the canned food aisle as in the produce department. And unlike many fresh items, canned products are available year-round at their peak quality.

If you're interested in seeing the data, please look here. We love sharing this information.  (We're like that.)It's important to us to produce the kinds of healthy foods that we want to eat and to serve to our own families.  We take the quality of our products seriously.  Most of all, we want to eat the things we're supposed to, and we want to enjoy them.We'd love to hear from you. What are your thoughts about canned vs. fresh vegetables?  Please let us know in the comments.  And remember to follow us on Twitter

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