Fruits & Veggies - Fresh, Canned and Frozen
While we can all hopefully agree that fruits and vegetables are good for us there seems to be some debate as to what form is the best, fresh, canned and frozen. The truth is, as long as you are eating fruits and vegetables in either form you are doing good. Each has a pro and con, but there is never a con to including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Allow me to explain.
It is true, there are some nutrient (think vitamins and minerals) loss when you cook and can produce and less when it is frozen. But it is not that simple. When frozen produce thaws some nutrients are also lost because they lose water, and subsequently, some nutrients, just like when they are cooked or canned.
*Note: Some nutrients can be enhanced with cooking.
Even if you eat your fruits and veggies raw nutrients were lost due to many factors including the time between harvest and you eating them, light exposure, temperature changes, and oxygen. The best solution is to simply eat your fruits and vegetables however you like them. Add extra vegetables to your meals, have fruit as part of your snack. If you can buy local, eat them soon after harvest. But most importantly, eat your fruits and vegetables. It is a no-brainer.
-Nick Fischer, RD, LDN