Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Vs Frozen or Canned Debate

think fresh fruits and vegetables are always most nutritious? Think again. If you cant grow your own produce and eat it within hours of harvesting, canned and frozen vegetables can be every bit as nutritious as fresh ones, and in some cases even better. The American Diabetic Association weighed in on the fresh vs canned debate and released a statement in 2006, noting that canned fruits and vegetables are a good substitute for fresh produce and may sometimes be healthier. Fresh produce is nutritionally better when it is consumed within a few days of picking, canned produce and fruits is picked and canned at its peak, so even though the heating process destroys some vitamins, the majority of nutrients remain.
Fewer then 1/3 of adults consume the daily recommended amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, there is a misconception if it isnt fresh, it doesnt count, and that simply isnt true. People living in Food Deserts need to be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables, and if they only have access to canned vegetables, they need to be purchaed and consumed.

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