Canned fruit in winter: good or bad idea?

Canned fruit in winter: good or bad idea?

In winter, certain fruits become rarer because they are not in season. Does it make sense to opt for their canned version? The point of view of Alexandra Murcier, dietitian-nutritionist.

Apricots, pineapples or peaches: the fruits that we usually eat in good weather are (practically) no longer part of the fruit stalls in the supermarket. We can always find them, but due to their method of preservation and the distance traveled to reach us, it is better to avoid them.

Can you replace fresh fruit with canned fruit?

If you suddenly have a craving for peaches in January, you can then opt for an alternative, which will be a can of canned fruit. But be careful, warns Alexandra Murcier, dietitian nutritionist, although it is possible to eat fruit in syrup instead of fresh fruit, this does not replace it.

Different nutritional benefits

Indeed, “canned fruit loses more nutrients, compared to fresh fruit, of course, but also compared to frozen fruit. note l’expert. “When we consume canned fruit, we will not have the nutritional benefits that we can have with fresh or even frozen fruit.. Another negative point: the preservation liquid of these fruits contains sugar, “we will therefore have a nutritional intake richer in sugar than fresh fruit”she emphasizes again.

What are the benefits of fruit in syrup?

But still, not everything in canned fruit should be thrown away, even if our expert recommends favoring frozen fruit. To make an apricot tart, for example, the can of canned fruit allows you to indulge without impacting the planet or blowing your budget, because canned fruit is reasonably priced. Finally, recalls the specialist, “if you want to buy canned fruit, two pieces of advice: read the stickers and we look for the lowest sugar intake. And we avoid consuming the preservation liquid which will be too sweet“.

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