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Title:A Nutritional Comparison of Canned, Fresh and Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Alt. Title:UC Davis Study Published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Pub. date: 03/14/2007
Includes: Research study, fact sheet, executive summary, video
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Description:Recent and classical literature was reviewed to obtain current information on the nutrient value of fresh, canned and frozen foods with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables. The extensive literature review confirms that all forms of fruits and vegetables provide nutrients needed for a healthful diet, and that exclusively consuming fresh fruits and vegetables ignores nutritional benefits provided by canned products. The study was conducted by the University of California Davis, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture and funded by the Canned Food Alliance. The study web site links to a video by the study’s author, an executive summary, a fact sheet and a PDF version of the complete study.
Funding Source: Canned Food Alliance
Developer: Christine M. Bruhn, PhD
Organization: University of California-Davis
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This study is based on a comprehensive literature review of fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables and their nutrient values. The background information and findings are presented in a clear and well organized manner, making it easy for someone without prior training in nutrition to understand. Information from the study is presented in a variety of formats, including a fact sheet, an executive summary, a video and a web page. The fact sheet provides key study findings and a comparison of canned, fresh and frozen products. The two page executive summary briefly highlights key implications from the research findings.

Note: While this resource mentions the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the concepts and findings are applicable to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well.

View/download files: 
UC Davis Nutrition Study (html):
Part 1 of Study (PDF 2.46 KB):
Part 2 of Study (PDF 2.16 KB):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Canned Food Alliance
    Contact: Dana Hanzlik
    Mail: 6 PPG Place, Floor 13
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    Phone: 412-456-3874
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    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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