According to the “Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study” released by Del Monte and conducted by Dr. Marjorie Freedman (of San Jose State University) in association with CFA, adults who eat canned produce consume more key nutrients than those who do not – eating 19% more fruit and 17% more vegetables.
And contrary to popular belief, canned fruits and vegetables, like the kind produced by Del Monte, carry similar nutrient profiles to their fresh-cooked and frozen counterparts – and are sometimes even more nutritious (source: Rickman et al. 2007).
This means that there is now a cheaper and easier way to get your recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies, which has been linked to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers, and of course, weight loss.
To make sticking to resolution goals more attainable than ever before, Del Monte has released a series of “Resolution Hacks”:
1) BRING THE FARMER’S MARKET TO YOUR PANTRY
Traditionally, eating healthy has required a lot of planning and frequent trips to the grocery store. But the “Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study” indicates that these trips are no longer as necessary since canned veggies provide similar benefits to fresh. If you keep your pantry stocked, you’ll be less tempted to order a pizza when your meticulous planning falters.
2) SHIFT THE BALANCE
Giving up all your favorite foods typically isn’t a recipe for success. Instead, try pairing them with a side of vegetables and shift ratios on your plate so that the vegetables take up more room than the more indulgent food. Simple changes like this can get you 7% more dietary fiber and 5% more potassium, both of which are considered concerns for public health due to their severe under-consumption in the US.
3) TRICK YOURSELF
Believe it or not, there are clever ways to infuse your favorite comfort foods with more vegetables, making them higher in nutrients and lower in calories. For example, try this recipe for Sneaky Mac and Cheese (http://bit.ly/Sneaky-Mac-and-Cheese).
Here is a link to some more easy recipe ideas to get you started on the path towards a healthier 2016: http://www.delmonte.com/recipes