Research has shown canned foods can be as high in nutrients as and sometimes higher than fresh foods. Canned foods are not only convenient, they can be ideal ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into one's diet. National Canned Food Month is an ideal time to stock up on favorite canned foods, which can become staples in anyone's pantry.
Provide readers and consumers with information about canned food safety. The USDA says high acid foods such as canned tomatoes and other fruit can be stored up to 18 months; low acid foods such as meat and vegetables, 2 to 5 years. For best food quality, cans should remain in good condition and has been stored in a cool, clean, dry place. NEVER USE food from containers that show possible "botulism" warnings: leaking, bulging, or badly dented cans; cracked jars or jars with loose or bulging lids; canned food with a foul odor; or any container that spurts liquid when opening.