Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Fresh vegetables or fruits are limited and expensive during winter in many countries.
This forces many of us to canned or frozen foods, which are better than fresh foods during off-seasonal months.
Even though frozen or canned foods tend to lose a lot of nutrients during the preservation process, these may be even more healthful than some of the fresh produce sold.
This is because they are chosen for freezing process at their peak ripeness, a time when they are most nutrient-packed.
On the other hand, fresh-produce shipped around the country are picked before they are ripe, which gives them less time to develop a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals.
During season, buy fresh vegetables or fruits when they are ripe.
During off-season, buy frozen produce marked with standards recommended by the food and drug administration of your country.
In general vegetables in any form is better than no vegetables at all.