Are you a well-prepared person? I’m not talking about laying out your clothes for the next day in the evening before or stocking up on toilet paper. I mean really well-prepared, like for a Zombie apocalypse or Fallout type scenario (in case of the latter, you better prepare yourself some Nuka-Cola caps. No? Well, you should be. The number one thing you run out of first is always food (or ammo, but most likely food). And being prepared in this case means having loads and loads of canned food at hand.

There are quite a few things people often get wrong about food in cans. So whenever you’re preparing yourself by filling up your shopping cart with canned goods and someone dares to ask if you’re preparing for a hurricane, here is your go-to guide to canned food myths.

Myth 1: Canned Food Will Go Bad Quicker Than You Think

Pointing towards the stamp on the top or bottom of the can, some people believe that the best-by date is some sort of an expiration date after which the food inside will go bad instantly. That is, of course, not true. In fact, scientists recently found a can that was produced more than 100 years ago. Chemists then found that, besides now lacking vitamin, the food suffered no loss in nutritional values and was safe to eat. After the food is canned within up to 4 hours after harvesting, the can is sealed and heated under pressure. This procedure creates a vacuum inside the can thus preventing micro bacteria (as well as regular-sized bacteria) from entering and making the food go bad.

Canned food actually stays fresh for a very long time.

Myth 2: Canned Food Is Highly Processed

This one is a little trickier since it more or less depends on the kind of food that is inside of your can. Obviously, a canned soup has gone through a longer cooking process than, let’s say, a can of peas. For the sake of the argument, we’ll rely on simple canned fruit, meats and vegetables. The canning process begins right after harvesting, so it’s actually fresher than fresh food that is shipped across the globe.

Canned food is processed very little.

Myth 3: Food in Cans Is Not As Nutritious As Fresh or Frozen

Against popular belief, due to the timing of the canning process, canned food is almost always fresher than fresh food. Going even further, canned peeled tomatoes continue ripening after they’re canned, hence ensuring even better nutritional values and better taste than the fresh ones. Most other canned food has about the same nutritional values as the fresh or frozen version.

Canned food is just as nutritious and actually even fresher than fresh or frozen food.

Myth 4: Canned Foods Are Full of Preservatives

As mentioned above, canning food requires as little as the can itself, the food, a little heat, and some pressure. That’s all. No preservatives whatsoever. There are certainly a few canned items that contain them, but they generally don’t need preservatives to stay edible and delicious for a very long time.

In most cases, there are no preservatives used in canned food. 

I hope that I’ve taught you enough to survive the apocalypse or at least win an argument about the quality and longevity of canned foods.

Do you regularly stock up on cans? What’s your favourite canned food? Tell us in the comments!

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