Fresh tuna is expensive and, like any fresh fish, can take time to prepare. But, according to Kapica, quick and easy canned tuna is one of the most cost-effective sources of healthy, lean protein for your diet, a crucial component that can keep you fuller longer and help you maintain a healthy weight.
“This research should assure families they are getting needed nutrition regardless of whether they choose canned, fresh, frozen or dried varieties. They can be confident in buying those foods that best meet their budgets, schedules, cooking abilities and taste preferences and still obtain important nutrients,” Kapica said in the statement.
The authors say one of the key implications of their findings is that healthy foods can be had in many forms, not just fresh, and can easily be included in a balanced diet. “This is especially important for families on food assistance programs and in food deserts, where there may be challenges of access, storage, kitchen skills and the like. Canned foods deliver nutrients affordably and conveniently,” says Kapica.