Health experts say canned fruit can cause digestive upset, and some warn it can be a bad source of calcium.
Here’s what you need to know about canned fruit.
Can I eat canned fruit?
Canned fruit is typically eaten raw, with or without salt.
It has a high protein content and low sugar content.
It’s considered a healthy option for people who are overweight, and you can eat it in whole, chopped or dried form.
You can also cook it, add it to your salad or as a side dish.
But if you want to get the most nutritional benefit from it, you can cook it whole.
What are the health risks?
Some canned fruit varieties have a higher amount of protein, which may increase the risk of certain cancers, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers compared the nutritional benefits of eating canned fruit with the nutritional risk of eating raw fruit.
They found canned fruit may be more healthy if you limit your intake of added sugars and processed foods, which are also high in calories.
Are there any health concerns about canned fruits?
The fruit may contain high levels of sodium and sugar, which can lead to kidney stones, kidney damage and even heart disease.
A 2014 study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming canned fruit was linked to an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, among other health problems.
Some canned fruits have been linked to a high risk of liver disease, a type of liver cancer, which is not uncommon in people who eat a lot of fruit.
Are canned fruit and other foods safe to eat?
Canned fruits have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA, but the American Heart Association says it’s safe to consume canned fruit for adults.
You should always check with your doctor before deciding to eat canned fruits or any food products that contain them.
Can you get sick from eating canned fruits and other processed foods?
Yes, and they are not a good source of vitamin D. They may also cause digestive problems, which includes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
You shouldn’t eat canned food, or any foods containing added sugars or processed food, while pregnant, nursing or using an oral contraceptive, which has been linked with increased risk for miscarriages and stillbirths.
Can canned fruit be avoided altogether?
You should not eat canned foods if you have certain health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and a family history of cancer.
You also shouldn’t consume canned fruits if you’re allergic to them or have a history of food allergies.
Also, it’s not recommended to eat fruit while pregnant or breastfeeding, because of the potential for harmful effects on the developing fetus.
You’ll need to check with a doctor if you need further help with this.
Is canned fruit safe to keep in the refrigerator?
Cans are safe to freeze and thaw, but don’t store them in the freezer.
If you need more information about canned foods, please call the Food Safety and Standards Administration at 1-800-426-8281.
Can it be used as a food source?
Yes — but you should keep the canned fruit at room temperature.
You could freeze canned fruit or store it in the fridge for a few weeks before eating it.