Your Meals, Your Way

Michalczyk Maggie Michalczyk, RD
 Ketchum Food and Nutrition Practice 




Making small changes that slowly add up to a big difference when it comes to improving one’s diet is sound advice shared by dietitians and health professionals time and again. While it sounds simple, the biggest hurdle may be knowing exactly where to start.

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The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) recently conducted a menu pattern and modeling analysis to show how making small shifts in dietary choices including the addition of canned fruits, vegetables, beans and seafood can increase overall vitamin and mineral intake. Specifically, the analysis looked at:

  • How simple shifts and adding a few canned ingredients to meals throughout the day can lead to increased consumption of key nutrients, particularly “nutrients of concern to public health” as identified by the DGAC (vitamin D, calcium, fiber and potassium).
  • How canned ingredients easily fit into the three dietary patterns outlined in MyPlate: the U.S. Style Healthy Diet, the Healthy Mediterranean Diet and the Healthy Vegetarian Diet.
  • How many simple shifts to incorporate more convenient, nutritious canned ingredients can result in an overall healthy diet that falls within the dietary recommendations for calories, sodium and added sugar content.

The CFA will be at the upcoming Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo Oct. 15-18. Plan to stop by Booth #3241 to learn more about the menu modeling research and other resources supporting the benefits of canned food.


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