New Adult Nutrition Research

Adult Nutrition

Findings from a new study funded by the Canned Food Alliance were presented by Marjorie Freedman, MS, PhD, at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA, on March 29, 2015.

Dr Marjorie FreedmanBy Dr. Marjorie Freedman, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, San Jose State University

There is good news for American adults interested in improving their overall diet. New research suggests that adults who eat canned fruits and vegetables not only eat more fruits and vegetables than those who do not eat canned varieties, but they also have an increased intake of some essential nutrients, including fiber and potassium.

I partnered with the Canned Food Alliance on a study that analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001-2010. The research looked at the eating habits of nearly 25,000 adults and found that when compared with those who did not eat canned produce, adults who ate canned fruits and vegetables:

  • Consumed 19% more total fruits
  • Ate 17% more total vegetables
  • Consumed 7% more dietary fiber and 5% more potassium
  • Enjoyed a diet with similar sodium and added sugar intake
  • Had similar blood pressure levels

These findings are important because, as we know, approximately 94% of American adults fall short of eating the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. What’s more, 90% of American adults miss the mark on fiber intake, and 97% are not getting enough potassium.

Encouraging intake of fruits and vegetables from all forms – fresh, frozen, dried AND canned – is a simple way to help people make better dietary choices. The more people hear from health and nutrition experts about nutritious and convenient options, such as canned produce, the more choices and more opportunities there are to eat right.