Canned Vegetables Considered a Real Vegetable?!

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OK, something quirky to debate! I know I don't have the only picky 5 year old out there either! But my son just hates fresh veggies. He has no problem with fresh fruit, and I get lucky with cucumber, which is all water content, and corn on the cob-a better nutritional value. But my kid just LOVES canned veggies! I hate them....ewwwww. Canned peas, green beans, carrots, canned veggie soup, etc. Trust me, I have tried to prepare fresh frozen, steamed, grilled, we made a wonderful and delicious hommeade pot of veggie soup many times. Nope, he loves his canned green beans, peas, corn, and veggie soup. The sodium content is outrageous and I always rinse it off. But even the taste of the canned veggies makes the gag reflex kick in. My husband and I love fresh veggies! Hubby also likes canned on occassion, but how is it that my son will suck down a whole can of peas with dinner?! OK, debate: are canned veggies yummy, or gross? Is it just me and a weird quirk?

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Lindsay - posted on 05/10/2010

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We use them all but if we are using something canned, it's the no salt added. I prefer fresh on everything except green beans. We do not buy any canned fruit. No of us can stomach that. We only buy fresh fruits so what we have in the house changes with the seasons. I buy all in season veggies fresh and most others frozen. My kids are equally picky with all varieties! lol

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Oh my son & I can wolf down a can of black olives! Fresh black olives are even yummier :-) OK, so for kicks and giggles I threw a bag of frozen peas at my son & nephews, oh, maybe 10 minutes ago. Sure enough, they are all munching on frozen peas! Go figure!

Johnny - posted on 05/09/2010

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By the way, it is believed that the BPA which harms us only leaches into the foods when it is heated. So the liners used in the cans are much safer (unless for some strange reason you are heating in the can) than allowing the food to touch the tin/aluminum. That is why there is no health alert or move to stop using bpa to line tins.

Johnny - posted on 05/09/2010

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When I was first pregnant (before I even actually knew about it) I ate a can of olives stuffed with anchovies every day. Low in calories, low in sodium, and high in protein and fats. I guess my body knew just what it needed. It was only recently that I was able to start eating them again.

Dana - posted on 05/09/2010

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Yes, they're very healthy for you! I think if most people listen to their body they will be able to tell when. I usually know when my body needs something because I'll all of a sudden crave something, and it's never sweets. lol

Lea - posted on 05/09/2010

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Dana, olives are actually really good for you. They have the "good" fats you need. My son loves them and I let him have them once in a while. Sometimes your body tells you to eat something for a good reason, but its hard to know when.

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2010

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@ Celia

"gross and about as good for you as a tablespoon of salt"



Only if you buy the ones with salt added...... many varieties have nothing added, so are quite healthy for you.

Dana - posted on 05/09/2010

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Jo, I forgot to mention earlier, your story of Gabe reminded me of this. I used to LOVE black olives (still do) but, I'd eat all of them that were on my plate and then accuse everyone else at the dinner table of stealing them. I did this ALL the time and I seriously thought they were stealing them from me and that I hadn't eaten them all already. :/

Celia - posted on 05/09/2010

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as for the bpa its in the plastic ligning that protects us from lead poisoning from the can... lovely aint it!

Celia - posted on 05/09/2010

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gross and about as good for you as a tablespoon of salt... yuck!

ever tried pickled? better for you maybe he'd like them. Frozen veggies are actually better for you than fresh veggies too as a funny side point. They are picked ripe instead of ripening in transport so they have more vitamins packed in from the sun.

unless that is your fresh veggies are the ones in season and grown in your province/state

Amie - posted on 05/09/2010

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I do Dana. For some of them that would make sense. Like Green Giant that freeze the whole veg. We like those but they also take two of their bigger bags to feed all of us here and at $4-5 a bag, that's retarded. So we buy fresh more often. LOL It also depends on what's in season. If it's in season, fresh is best.

There are those mixed bags I was thinking more of, that have corn, peas, carrots, lima beans, etc. They're always cut up into tiny little squares. I buy a bag of those for when I'm in a hurry though.

In the long run though I think it doesn't matter totally so long as they (kids) are at least eating some vegetables. Some (even with less nutrients) are better than none at all.

Lea - posted on 05/09/2010

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Canned veggies are very soft so he may prefer that texture. Also, it has been my experience that daycare and school programs rely heavily if not exclusively on canned veggies, and if he is in a program like that he may be used to it.

Dana - posted on 05/09/2010

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Amie, I just recently heard that frozen is better because it's frozen at the height of it's ripeness, when nutrients are best, if that makes sense. Not sure of the proper way to say it, I'm sure you get what I mean. lol

I should add that I can eat the hell out of Bush's Baked Beans, vegetarian style!! I also use canned black beans when I make yellow rice and black beans. And I don't make my own red sauce, if I did I'd use canned tomato's.

Amie - posted on 05/09/2010

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I personally don't like canned veg and avoid it as much as possible. Though I do have tins of tomatoes w/ herbs for cooking and creamed corn. Oh and brown beans (is that considered a veg though? LOL).

We buy fresh as much as possible but when it's not possible we buy frozen.

I remember reading somewhere too about the healthiest options and in order for veg it goes fresh, frozen and then canned. I'll have to see if I can find that again.

My kids prefer fresh veg though. Even frozen ones they tend to play with but they will eventually eat them. I think it has more to do with the fact that frozen and canned veg are cut into small pieces to fit into the bags/cans better. Fresh veg they can actually stab with their forks and then munch on, instead of scooping. LOL

Dana - posted on 05/09/2010

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Canned peas don't seem as nasty to me as other vegetables in a can. I wouldn't eat them personally but I would be happy if Ethan ate peas at all, maybe I should try the canned ones...

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Well I also admit that when I make my red sauce, I do use the canned crushed tomatos. But like others said, I find the peas, green beans, carrots, mushy and the texture in my mouth sets in the gag reflex. Even last night, I brought in a pizza. I jokingly asked my son if he wanted peas with his pizza-and walked over to the pantry and got out a can!! EWWWWW! So last night, he ate pizza with a bowl of mushy peas. I just don't get it becasue as a small toddler he ate and tried all different kind of fresh veggies.

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2010

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Kathy, my daughter loves eating frozen peas too!!! She does eat other things, however :)

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I'm not afan of canned veg, but I don't think they do any harm. I always have a few cans in the pantry for when I run out of things. Canned tomatoes are great for cooking!

When my daughter was about 4 she had a passion for frozen peas and wouldn't eat anything else! The doctor said she'd grow out of it and she did.We grew our own veg and the kids all loved the veggie garden.

Sara - posted on 05/08/2010

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I forgot to mention, I always buy the "no salt added" canned veg when available. I agree that most canned veg are WAY too salty.

Dana - posted on 05/08/2010

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Ugh, I hate them, too salty to me and they taste like aluminum. NASTY. It almost makes me want to vomit thinking about it. lol

Rosie - posted on 05/08/2010

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i'm not a huge fan of canned. i like canned green beans and tomatoes. i buy more canned fruit than veggies. my kids love mandarin oranges in a can. canned is just too mushy for me.
i cannot stand canned corn, i make my own and freeze it. otherwise i will have frozen corn from the store.
my kids love fresh veggies and fruit. broccoli is a favorite of theirs as well!! fresh pineapple yummmmm!!

Sara - posted on 05/08/2010

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I am not a fan of the canned veg. My daughter freakin' loves green beans, as does my husband, and they both prefer the canned over the fresh. I use canned veg in recipes sometimes, but I prefer frozen veg if I'm going to make it as a side. There's just something about canned veg that I don't like...soggy or something.

Carolee - posted on 05/08/2010

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Canned isn't gross... if it were, the grocery stores wouldn't sell any. Everybody has their quirks when it comes to food, though.

Joanna - posted on 05/08/2010

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We eat canned corn sometimes. And we prefer frozen peas to fresh/canned. My daughter used to LOVE canned mixed veggies (especially, for some reason, the LIMA BEANS from them) and canned sweet potatoes more than fresh. Even though now she won't eat any veggie, at all, no matter what.

I still use canned veggies in my cooking, sometimes along with fresh veggies (a can of mixed veggies is great to throw in a soup with some fresh carrots and celery), and I really don't like tomatoes but have no problem using canned tomatoes. I always figure, any vegetable is better than no vegetable.

LaCi - posted on 05/08/2010

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Personally, I prefer canned. HOWEVER, my boyfriend has banned cans from the house, BPA and such. My son prefers canned green beans, but he's done alright with frozen and fresh of everything else. He won't touch a fresh or frozen green bean though- and I won't touch the frozen ones. gross ;/

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Glad to know that I'm not the only one who thinks the canned veggies are kinda gross! I guess I'll just chalk it up to my son going through a weird phase. He prefers canned to fresh or frozen. He does like steamed brocolli stems-sometimes. When he was an infant, I also made his baby food and he always tried new foods up until he was 2 1/2-3. Then the pickiness set in. His other quirk is that he likes to mix his breakfast cereals-just like his Daddy! Kix mixed w/Frosted Flakes.

ME - posted on 05/08/2010

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I don't think it's that unusual for kids to prefer canned veggies to fresh. They are much more bland than the fresh variety. I think canned veggies are gross (except maybe canned corn or tomatoes), and I don't fix them for my son either. He LOVES broccolli, asperagas, peas, and carrots tho (and almost any fruit I give him)...so, I feel like he gets enough veggies eating those for now. I am just hypothesizing, so no one take offense or anything...but we made all of his baby food from scratch. He never ate the canned variety...wonder if that has anything to do with it?

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I'm not a fan of canned veggies, but like your son, my son LOVES them and hates fresh ones. He's a picky little guy so I usually prepare food for hubby and me, and heat a can of veggies on the stove for him. It's not much trouble considering I don't want to eat the canned ones.

Several of my relatives can their own veggies and I do get some that way and I like them a little better, but not much. (they call it canning, but they are pressure cooked and sealed in jars--is that the same?)

Esther - posted on 05/08/2010

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I use canned veggies all the time. Frozen too. I do always get the ones that say "no salt added" on them since we use very little sodium in our house. This is from a 1997 study about the nutritional value of fresh vs canned vs frozen veggies:

In this current study, we have provided information about 35 canned fruits, vegetables, legumes, poultry and fish. The nutrient listings have been expanded and now include folate and fiber values for all of the products, as well as thiamin for the legumes. Canned foods can provide substantial contributions of folate, an essential vitamin that is not included on the nutritional label, but is present in fruits and vegetables. Fiber, another essential nutrient provided by fruits and vegetables in the diet, is as high in canned products as in its fresh counterparts. Our study confirms canned foods are comparable to, and sometimes better than, fresh and frozen varieties in their nutritional contribution to the American diet.

http://nutrican.fshn.uiuc.edu/summary.ht...

Oh yeah, and Lucas loves broccoli too. It's often the only thing he'll eat. That & grape tomatoes.

Charlie - posted on 05/08/2010

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What a surprise so many of our kids love broccoli !

And cooper is obsessed with corn on the cob , hes munging into one right now !

?? - posted on 05/08/2010

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Quoting Carol:

"I have found myself saying weird things like "no broccoli until you eat some meat."


Gabriel will ignore everything on his tray if there is broccoli there. He will get upset when he eats all the broccoli and there is none left, but there is other food left on his tray. He's the same way with strawberries, mango and cauliflower. And he very very very rarely eats his meat without me camoflauging it in something else.

As for canned, we buy canned randomly, if we're at the end of our budget and it's cheaper to get 2 cans of vegetables so we can grab milk and bread too... otherwise we buy fresh or frozen.

Canned corn and the peas/carrots mix cans are good to add to casseroles though. I make a very easy to do macaroni, hamburger, vegetable mix casserole... the fresh vegetables always seem to cook awkward in it though, so I buy a can of corn niblets and sometimes peas and carrots to add to it after I rinse, rinse, rinse them.

Other than that though, fresh or frozen. But not cause the canned taste bad or gross... I've never REALLY noticed the difference, anymore than I notice differences in food being cooked differently.

No name brand corn always seems to taste a lil fresher than brand names though - that's 1 thing I did notice.


& I agree Jenny, I love creamed corn on mashed taters every once n awhile... I haven't had that in forever though... hmm tomorrows dinner perhaps...


It's 1am, I got home from the fair with my best gf, my son woke up, daddy put him back down to bed and I'm sittin here commenting on canned vegetables... *sigh* we're all a lil pathetic right now, me thinks !

C. - posted on 05/07/2010

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Oh dear Heavens, I must be dreaming.. Carol actually agrees with me on something??? Huh??? lol

Hey, Jenny.. If you're pathetic, then I am WAY past pathetic.. It's 2:43a and I am still awake.. Had to do last minute crap that I couldn't get done earlier b/c of my son.. (anyone else's kid stay awake from 7a- 11p w/o a nap?? He's never done that before (w/o a nap) but it drove me nuts tonight).

I forgot all about canned tomatoes and beans.. I am so tired.. But those are good, too.

Jenny - posted on 05/07/2010

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Corn has been pretty much banned from my house. My partner is not a fan, he considers it pig food. We do eat canned beans and tomatoes though. I do love creamed corn on mashed potatoes once in awhile. My kids could care less and will eat canned or fresh luckily.



BTW how pathetic am I? It is 11:30 and I felt the need to comment on canned vegetables LMAO. Can you tell my man is out of town?

Charlie - posted on 05/07/2010

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I use canned corn and tomatoes in my cooking and canned beans too !

Cooper is fussy and like fresh veg , he can tell the difference between fresh and frozen broccoli which he loves !

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2010

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Carol,, I have to make my kids eat other things on their plates too!! My daughter is a classic - she will wolf down her vegetables and I really have to coax her to eat her meat too. She loves her veggies.

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2010

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We often use canned veggies - there is nothing wrong with them. Usually it is stuff I can't get fresh to put in soups or casseroles, etc, and I always choose the ones with no additives, no added salt and so on. They can be just as good nutritionally as other vegies, especially if the fresh ones are out of season anyway. In particular, however, we often use canned tomatoes, peas, chick peas and corn. I still consider them healthy.



Do they eat frozen veggies? There have been some studies done that frozen veggies are sometimes even nutritionally better than fresh, depending on the seasonal cycle. Personally I can't stand frozen veggies, I think they taste like plastic, but that's just me.

Johnny - posted on 05/07/2010

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I've got to agree w/ Christina, canned corn is alright. In fact, I really like it, although not more than on the cob.



Most of the stuff we have canned was done by us or my MIL, So it doesn't have any sodium added, since we hate the taste of that. But sometimes we run out & I buy it in the store.



But for some unknowable reason (I wasn't paying attention most likely) I bought canned peas recently (I think I was looking for chick peas). We served them and no one at the table ate more than a bite. They were revolting.



Given all that, I'd have to go with "weird quirk". I think it is good that he is at least getting some of the nutrients from vegetables and it helps that you are attempting to rinse the salt off. Sometimes with kids, you've just got to find a way, even if it isn't your favorite option. I think a lot of kids go through a time when they love food from cans.



My daughter is currently a fresh vegetable addict. I have found myself saying weird things like "no broccoli until you eat some meat". I'm sure soon enough I'll be begging her in the opposite direction.

C. - posted on 05/07/2010

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Canned corn isn't soggy or anything.. It actually holds its own even in a can (ones I have tasted, anyway).. Though I generally prefer fresh.. Or frozen is a great alternative, too.



Anymore I have to be in the mood for canned anything, but I remember when I was younger, I preferred them over the fresh/frozen ones that my mom usually prepared for us.. Maybe he's just going through a phase. But anyway, IMO, they're alright but there's better.

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