February is Canned Food Month! Canned food can be a great way to save money or time on items that are more expensive or labor intensive when fresh. The nutritional value of canned foods is often similar to fresh or frozen foods, but there are some things to watch out for.
Canned is a great way to enjoy fruits when they're not in season. Fruit is packed in water, juice, or syrup. Syrup adds a lot of unwanted calories from sugar. A cup of pears in heavy syrup has 33 grams of sugar, even when drained. Compare that to a cup of pears in water, which has 15 grams sugar.
Bottom line: Choose fruits packed in water or juice, and drain fruits packed in syrup.