You’ve probably never thought about this before, but it’s pretty amazing how many foods we’ve preserved in a can over the years. The usual suspects, such as tuna fish, beans, and soup, probably come to mind first and foremost. But if you peruse your local grocery store aisles, there are hundreds of cans left and right. You might have even popped open a can of food to add to a meal today and didn’t even think twice about it.
Canned foods certainly have their place. When certain veggies are out of season (or are way too expensive to buy fresh — let’s be real) then grabbing the preserved option is a great alternative. The same goes with fruit. Who doesn’t love having ripe peaches stored in their cabinets in the middle of the winter? But not every canned food is a dream come true. In all reality, there are plenty that sound convenient and tasty but are truly horrible for your health. You need to avoid these seven whenever possible.
1. Libby’s Corned Beef Hash
Corned beef hash has been a breakfast staple for decades. Thanks to companies, such as Libby’s, you don’t even have to make it from scratch — you can dump it right out of a can and have it ready in just minutes. This mixture of beef, spices, and potatoes isn’t exactly the perfect health food, however. In one 15-ounce can of Libby’s, you can expect to eat 840 calories, 22 grams of saturated fat, and 2,460 milligrams of sodium.
Considering the American Heart Association recommends you only take in 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day tops, we highly suggest skipping this horrifying can of death.