Pantry Power

Don’t assume you’re settling for second best every time you reach for a canned good for the sake of convenience. A new University of Illinois analysis points out that canned fruits and vegetables often pack as much vitamin A or C as their fresh or frozen counterparts. Being intrigued, we checked a few labels and found surprising examples like this:

  • Most canned carrots have the same vitamin A as fresh, cooked carrots–over 300% DV per half cup.
  • A half cup of canned pumpkin has over 250% DV for vitamin A–more than 10 times the vitamin A of fresh pumpkin cooked and mashed.
  • Canned pineapple has 20% of the Daily Value for vitamin C per half cup–just as much as fresh.

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