Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed more than 40 scientific journal studies to see if canned fruits and vegetables provide the same nutritional benefits as fresh and frozen produce.
Cans are often cheaper than fresh or frozen products, and therefore easier for low-income families to buy.
The scientists concluded that not only are canned products on par with fresh and frozen produce nutritionally, in some cases they’re better.
Canned tomatoes, for instance, have more lycopene and more B vitamins.
“By increasing accessibility to key nutrients many Americans need, canned foods are a year-round solution to help families prepare healthier, balanced meals,” Steven Miller, lead researcher and assistant professor at MSU’s Center for Economic Analysis, said in a press release.