Fresh Foods vs Canned Foods Essay

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Fresh Foods or Canned Foods Alexis Velez ENG 121 August 6, 2012 Eating is an activity that as human beings we do at least three times a day. In today’s world the variety of food is so vast but we have to be responsible for what we eat. We decide what we want to eat and therefore are responsible for how it will affect our bodies. The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the differences between eating fresh foods and eating canned foods. The three main differences are flavor, health benefits, and cost. Fresh food is defined as freshly grown veggies, fruits, breads from the bakery, freshly made cupcakes and things of that nature. Canned food is food grown or processed then put into cans to preserve their flavors and allow for year later consumption (journal article,2012). The biggest difference between these two kinds of foods is their flavor. Fresh foods have great flavor and taste because they keep all their natural conditions. Canned foods lack a lot of its flavor characteristics because chemical products are added to the natural foods. Fresh foods will have better and greater taste and flavor when consumed because of the time in which they have been prepared (Drey, 2011). According to Dr. Natalie Digate Muth (2012), to prevent spoilage and food borne illness, canned foods are blanched at very high temperatures to kill all bacteria and other germs present in food. Highly acidic foods like tomatoes and many fruits harbor few microorganisms and require only the temperature of boiling water to kill the organisms. Vegetables and meats with low acid levels require higher canning temperatures. After blanching, the food is sealed into an airtight container to prevent recontamination. Many vitamins including B and C vitamins are mostly destroyed in the process of blanching. This could lessen the nutritional

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