Nutrition Experts Agree on Benefits of Canned Food

A recent survey of more than 300 registered dietitians (RDs), who counsel people on balanced eating and weight management, underscores the NPD Group’s National Eating Trends™ survey and Nutrient Intake Database analysis on the benefits of eating canned foods. In the survey, these nutrition experts indicated that they recognize the nutrition and value of canned foods not only for their clients, but for themselves:

  • 100 percent of the RDs recommend canned foods to people who need to consume more fruits, vegetables, beans or fish in their diets.
  • 99 percent of the RDs report that they have used some form of canned food in the past month to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families.
  • 88 percent believe that the convenience of canned foods helps busy families get healthy balanced meals on the table.

This new research further affirms a study that highlighted the nutrition, cost and safety benefits of canned food conducted by Michigan State University, published in February in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine1.


1. Miller, Steven R., and William A. Knudson. Nutrition and Cost Comparisons of Select Canned, Frozen, and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. N.d. MS. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Published online 27 Feb. 2014. doi: 10.1177/1559827614522942.

About the Registered Dietician (RD) Research Survey
The CMI survey of registered dietitians was completed among a national sample of 311 practicing registered dietitians currently holding positions where they provide nutrition and dietary guidance to their clients. Data was gathered between November 11 and November 19, 2013, via an online survey. The survey results have a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.