There has been a rise in the number of people eating canned food globally as opposed to fresh foods. It is for this reason that this paper seeks to compare and contrast eating fresh food and canned food. The paper examines the differences against similarities of eating fresh food as opposed to canned food. Clearly canned and fresh food can be suitable options in sustaining people even though the two food types have similarities and differences. As human being live in this world where food varieties are immense, they need to be responsible of what they put in their bodies. It is for this reason that this paper will focus on their decisions based on what they need to eat as well as how the food will affect their health and bodies (Turner, 2008).
Evidently, it is a logical consideration that fresh foods have a greater flavor and taste as they are consumed in the course of the time that they are prepared. In addition, the chemicals added to preserve the canned foods help to introduce new flavors to the food (DeBruyne, Pinna, Whitney & Whitney, 2007). A notable difference between the two types of food elements is flavor. Here, fresh foods contain a great flavor as well as taste as they retain all natural conditions in them. However, canned foods lack most of their flavor features as there have new chemical products administered in addition to the natural foods. It is also evident that some of the canned foods come in different flavors such as no salt, low sugar in order to target individuals on special diets. The comparison of the types of foods brings to light another difference, that of the health factors which affect either of them. Therefore, some individuals may argue that canned food is tastier as compared to fresh foods.
The cost of either food is a factor that contributes to their fundamental difference. This way, canned foods are more expensive than fresh foods as there is need to have them go through a process of manufacturing. Subsequently, fresh foods could be cheaper as they go to the grocery stores right from the farm. The reason why people keep buying either kind of the foods is that it could be much cheaper as compared to others.
While canned foods continue losing a number of its original fresh food nutrients during storage, it also develops some unsuitability due to tinning with other conservatives as well as chemical factors, which prolong their shelf lives and their apparent food freshness especially because they could be rather toxic in the event that they are consumed often (Turner, 2008). As discussed earlier canned food may contain chemicals that greatly affect human health. Most of the chemicals are added into the food to make it last longer in the cans.
In addition, in some cases the material that makes the cans can also contain chemicals that are harmful to human health. Even though they may be not go through the cleaning and flavoring processes before they are sold, they have to be upheld by consumers who buy it. For other people, cooking fresh food is time consuming. Further, most canned foods can be easier to prepare because they are served right away. In addition to this fact, they are easily found in most types of shops as compared to fresh foods. In a way, they are profoundly different in aspects of health benefits irrespective of the fact that they stand similar in that their compositions have nutritional value, which is important for the human diet.
Both types of foods are readily available in most grocery stores as they are both critical in the provision of the required nutrition levels for sustenance. Both types of foods are also stocked in all department stores. Most of the research that has been conducted shows that canned food and fresh food may have the same health benefits. In as much as there are differences between fresh foods and canned foods, there could be similarities as well. Therefore, individuals can easily walk into a grocery store to access the different food types (DeBruyne, Pinna, Whitney & Whitney, 2007).
In conclusion, while such health gains of these two kinds of foods are well debated on, it is evident that diets of each type of food keep people healthy. It is in this respect that, there exist these similarities as well as differences in arriving at a buying decision with reference to canned and fresh foods. Irrespective of these factors, the decision narrows down to an individual’s personal choice based on time in which every person is exposed to (Turner, 2008). The amount of money against the importance that each person attaches to their nutrition and health levels is important as they consider their possibilities as well as choose the most appropriate kind of foods for their lifestyle and convenience.
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