Best Canned Goods To Stock Up On During The Coronavirus Outbreak

The pandemic has completely changed the way we live our lives. Mundane tasks are being viewed in a completely different light, especially because doing simple things like taking a walk can turn life-threatening. For people going about their daily shopping routine, there is an underlying fear of food being contaminated with the disease. 

Thankfully, so far, no studies have indicated that food can transfer the coronavirus. Wearing a home-made mask and maintaining social distance might be enough to prevent COVID-19 infection during grocery shopping. Keeping this in mind, authorities advise to shop for ingredients that can last for a week. 

Stocking up on canned foods could help reduce fatigue accumulated from making gourmet meals and cleaning the house with disinfectants for the past few weeks. It’s good to have easy-to-cook meals in your pantry, so that you can take a break from time to time. Certain canned foods are lined with the harmful industrial chemical BPA, hence people must not make the mistake of consuming unhealthy canned products. 

It’s important to carefully handpick the right canned food by reading the labels and identifying the nutrient content. Here is a list of some canned food that may help you maintain a balanced diet amidst the pandemic. 


Canned chicken breasts broken into smaller chunks are available in a pre-cooked form that can be eaten directly. They can either be added to salads or diced further to be put in sandwiches. Leftover water can also be used as a chicken broth. 


The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) considers tuna as one of the best choices of canned fish, while salmon, mackerel, anchovies, herring, and sardines are supposed to have low mercury. Canned fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, both essential vitamins to a balanced diet. However, the FDA recommends eating fish only two to three times per week. 


In an apocalyptic-like situation, bread might be difficult to find as it needs several ingredients and expert baking skills to make. Canned brown bread could be used to whip up a sandwich, though it may not taste the same. That said, there may not be another substitute. 


Cannellini beans are white beans that are full of fiber, protein and zinc, and can be added to salads and made into a white bean dip. Baked beans are an excellent side-dish that can also be added to soups and stews. 


Chickpeas are full of fiber and protein, with various health benefits, such as reducing cholesterol and diabetes. They can be incorporated in many dishes from salads to soups, but chickpeas can also be an important ingredient of a main course depending on what you cook. 

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