do you cook your food.....in can?

@asliah (11148)
Philippines
January 20, 2011 9:41am CST
i love to eat quick food especially those ready made food that found in can, but my mother said that i need to cook it first or even re-heat it, and of course i asked her why should i do that before i eat, she answered me "because its better to cook it or re-heat food in can to remove the preservative of that food that can cause of cancer" so every time i will eat quick food in can, i always re-heat it or cook it first before i eat. do you cook or re-heat food in can first before you eat it? do you believe that we could get cancer at preservative food without re-heating it? what do you do to remove the preservative in that food?
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27 responses
• United States
20 Jan 11
If it is meant to be hot, then I will cook it, or at least heat it up, but there are some things found in a can that aren't meant to be hot. Main thing that comes to my mind is Pork N Beans. They aren't meant to be hot, so I NEVER heat those up.
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@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
oh yes, i agree but i dont eat pork N beans...
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21 Jan 11
i always love to cook, and i do it often for myself and my son. I have had re-heated food before in the past and it is just dry and boring, it is nowhere near as good in taste or texture as it would have been when it was first freshly cooked. I now will not reheat food again, the taste just isn't the same, i would rather cook a meal from scratch and eat it there and then. It is the best way to enjoy your food.
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• Canada
21 Jan 11
Preservatives cannot be killed because they are not alive. Salt is a preservative. Nitrates are preservatives. They do not change just because they are heated. So it makes no difference.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
yes you're right preservative cannot be killed but can be removed, and this preservative in canned foods are chemical and not salt. can a salt preserved a food in canned for how many months? of course they will used chemical preservative.
• Canada
21 Jan 11
I don't know how long salt preserves food. All I know is that even though too much salt can cause high blood pressure, it is still healthier usually than chemical preservatives. Those make me sick and I try not to eat them. Food that is vaccuum-sealed in cans often does not need preservatives, because there is no oxygen in the can so bacteria can't breed. After you open it though, bacteria can breed like normal. You should always check the label to see what chemicals may be used in your food.
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
I'm not sure about the cancer thing being taken out if you cook or re-heat it.. But I do reheat or cook canned foods, only because it tastes wayyy better than to just eat it out of the can. LOL. I think it just gives it more taste, and it doesn't feel too much of a canned food. LOL.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
yeah, but do you notice why canned foods could lasts for how many months...
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• Philippines
21 Jan 11
of course it has preservatives, that's the number one thing that you should consider when eating canned foods, even processed foods sometimes have preservatives... I just don't think that these preservatives (chemical or otherwise) can be taken out just by simply cooking the food. If you don't want preservatives then eat natural foods.
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
20 Jan 11
I agree to your mother. I think she gave you a million dollars advise because you can save yourself from the bad affects from those preservatives now. I think one should heat the food at least once before eating it.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
yeah, and i always do that heating my food in can...
• India
21 Jan 11
Okay, Good luck..
@kinjalk (192)
• United States
20 Jan 11
I'd take your mom's advice and heat the food. I'm not sure if it would kill the preservatives but it will definitely kill the bacteria. Since it is coming from a metal can it is definitely advisable to heat the food. PLUS I THINK warm food are good most of the time :-). I like it warm for sure. My wife and I dont really eat food from cans unless its like beans or something but we still cook them or heat them up and mix it with some spices to make it taste good or better.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
absolutely, i have to, even my chemistry teacher advised that, because heating always have chemical reaction, so the preservative will remove.
@murtaza45 (173)
• India
20 Jan 11
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@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
nice to hear that from you, thanks, happy mylotting!!
@Lance26 (957)
• Philippines
20 Jan 11
If the food in can is to be eaten in the office, I just eat as it is for I have no time to reheat it. Usually I bring tuna and rice with matching calamansi on the side. I just miss eating tuna.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
eating of food in can for seldom is ok,but not too much or always.
@thanks1961 (7046)
• India
20 Jan 11
Hi dear, In our daily practical life, many things we have do avoid knowingly. Just because it is not practically possible. Eg., for an office going person, never can eat food at lunch time just like how we eat at home. It has limitations. Either we eat from canteen, or the tiffin which we carried or some time from outside. Even though it is not advised to re-heat the food, eat food which is cooked previous day and kept in fridge or cold areas etc. The timely cooked food cannot compete with any of other kind foods like caned food or parceled food or preserved food. Always can try for the best suited which will help us always health and appropriate. Thank-s
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
nice to hear that from you,and we must avoid those harmful that could affect our health.
@NYRican (82)
• United States
20 Jan 11
I've never heard that heating or cooking it will kill the preservatives I didn't even know it could be killed. I always cook or heat up almost all canned foods because I like to eat it warm not cold. The only food I don't heat up is canned vegetables, I don't know why but I like them cold. The only thing my mom ever told me about cooking or heating any already cooked foods was to kill any bacterias. If we are able to kill preservatives by heating up the foods then I guess I will start heating up my canned veggies as well.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
nice to hear that from you,heating of food and veggies in can is good for us.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
3 Mar 11
Hi. asliah. Yes, I always heat any foods up that has came from a can. I don't ever cook in a can at all. I just take the food that is out of the can. I will then reheat it in a microwaveable bowl or a plate. It comes out really yummy. It is never safe to eat foods from out of the can. I have heard that it can be poisonous. Heating any foods that are in cans can be more safe, because it kills germs and bacteria from the food.
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I believe that eating canned or processed foods is not good and i have heard that it can really cause cancer whether you re-heat it or cook it is still processed food. I eat canned food especially when i feel lazy cooking food and since i am always lazy i tend to just eat canned foods or eat in fastfoods which i should say is also not good.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
30 Jan 11
Hi Asliah!. Even a can food not really popular here. We sometimes consumes canned sardines or tuna when we don't have any thing left in fridge and don't wanna eat outside. We usually cook this food with extra hot peppers, onion and tomato. I can not eat it with out cook and re-seasoning it first because I can not handle the original canned food taste. I did know if it can remove the preservative by heating it but for me its need to improve the taste. I prefer fresh food than canned one, thanks God we only consume it 2 or 3 times a year when we don't have other option.
@SIMPLYD (83266)
• Philippines
30 Jan 11
In my opinion, those canned goods are meant to be eaten as it is. They are there for convenience , so that you can have an instant food when you bring them for example in a camping site where sometimes it is too tedious to still make a fire and reheat them or when you are already too tired too cook. I think, reheating them won't iradicate the preservatives. In order to avoid those preservatives, it's better that we don't eat those canned foods. But i guess, eating them once in a while, will not do so much harm.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
24 Jan 11
yeah i do the same like you. i am afraid of getting cancer cause my family do have this heritage. and i try to avoid to eat much food in can. i like the fresh one.
@allamgirl (2145)
• Philippines
22 Jan 11
It depends. If it's spam, I can eat it straight from the can, but I can eat it when it's fried too. If it's corned beef, it has to be cooked again, with garlic and onions and stuff. If it's tuna, I usually just eat it straight from the can. I can't really think of other canned goods right now. I heard that too, that it's better if you at least re-heat canned food, but most of the times, I get so lazy that I just end up eating it straight from the can.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
As much as possible I avoid canned food because it has much sodium and almost always contain preservatives. I only do eat canned foods when I have no more to eat and when I do I always cook it first. I don't eat straight from the can.
@mythociate (15964)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
21 Jan 11
I don't know about any 'cancer-causing preservative,' but researchers found that man's brain evolved to it's current state today because he started heating his food (which helps us digest it ... allowing the brain to turn its energies on higher things sooner). Do you heat it in a microwave? What are the cans made of? (I always thought that metal reacted badly to microwaving.)
@ptower76 (1618)
• United States
21 Jan 11
Thoroughly cooking foods is a good idea regardless if they come in can or not especially since those foods do have a lot of perservatives and such. But there are foods that are simply ruined by cooking. For example, if i want a tuna fish salad sandwich i will not cook the canned tuna. But there are some canned foods i will cook. For example, Spam I cook with eggs, Vienna sausages I cook in rice, and I prefer my pork and beans hot. Sometimes i wonder why individuals like my grandparents lived so long without eating preservatives, while others die so young in this country. Perhaps perservatives has something to do with it.
@koikei (207)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
greetings! yes, i reheat them so they'd taste a lot better, hehe. even pork and beans! as a rule, anything that has meat in it, has to be reheated.