It’s pretty amazing how many foods we’ve preserved in a can over the years. However, not every canned food is a dream come true. There are plenty that sound convenient and tasty but are truly horrible for your health. Avoid the following whenever possible.
Corned beef hash: This mixture of beef, spices, and potatoes isn’t exactly the perfect health food. In one 15-ounce can of this you can expect to eat 840 calories, 22 grams of saturated fat, and 2,460 milligrams of sodium. You should only take in 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day.
Canned chilli: Some canned chili with beans can hold over 500 calories, 5 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 2,000 milligrams of sodium. Even if you can get past these atrocities, there’s another number that’s sort of confusing — and that’s the 10 grams of sugar. Just say no.
Fruit cocktail: At first glance, some fruit cocktails look innocent — 100 calories isn’t bad, and 21 grams of sugar isn’t too much of a nightmare. But once you realise there are actually 3.5 servings in one of these little cans, those numbers are much, much worse. You could be taking in 63 grams of sugar in one sitting.
Baked beans: Beans are known for their high protein content. Unfortunately, baked beans are one of the least nutritious ways to consume an otherwise healthy food. In some of these cans, you’re getting nearly 600 calories and over 50 grams of sugar. Do yourself a favour and control the sugar content with your own recipe.
Cream-based soups: In all honesty, we really could put just about any cream-based canned soup on this list and find a reason as to why it’s bad for your health. A can of some of these soups contains 340 calories, which is reasonable for a meal. But the 20 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat you’ll also be eating is really cause for concern. And like all cans of soup, the sodium content is outrageous at 1,600 milligrams.
We can guarantee making your own potato soup would be 10 times more healthy and delicious.