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Canned vegetables ‘contain same vitamin content as fresh’

08 February 2016

Vegetables packaged in steel cans contain the same level of vitamin and mineral content as fresh vegetables, a study found. 

The study, by German chemical laboratory SGS Fresenius Institute, also found that canned vegetables retain freshness for three years without adding preservatives. 

The study was commissioned by 10 German manufacturers. The findings were welcomed by APEAL, the industry body that represents 95 per cent of the total European production of steel for packaging.

“This report confirms what we have known for some time; that steel packaging leads the way when it comes to protecting food and preserving nutritional value, freshness and flavour,” said APEAL Secretary General, Alexander Mohr.

“Consumers across the globe are now making healthier and more ethical choices when it comes to food and we believe they are now starting to recognise the benefits steel cans can provide.”

The report found that canned sauerkraut contained one third more vitamin C than freshly prepared alternative. 

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