Frozen Foods Versus Fresh

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Fresh and frozen or canned foods, fresh foods vs. frozen or canned or frozen vegetables vs fresh vegetables. Vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. Many people wonder if frozen or canned vegetables are as nutritious as fresh vegetables. The answer to this question depends on the time between harvest of vegetables and canning and freezing processes. Generally, vegetables are canned or frozen immediately after harvest when the nutrient content is at its peak.

The way you prepare the vegetables in the home can also affect nutrient content. The vegetables of any kind (fresh, frozen or canned) that are boiled in large amounts of water for long periods of time lose much of their nutritional value compared with that lightly steamed.

Fresh vegetables or freshly harvested on farms are more nutritious than their frozen or canned, but the latter are an acceptable nutritional alternative. Just be careful with the amount of salt added to canned vegetables, try to buy those without added salt. Also, do not cook the vegetables too.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. 6th ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 2005.

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Whole plant foods versus "fake" meats:

Whole-plant foods are best for you, and are usually the cheapest. fresh produce bought on sale, plus dried beans and whole grains, and even frozen produce will be good for you. Condiments and dried herbs/spices help flavor the meals on top of what flavors the vegetables/fruits can bring.
analog meat and analog dairy products are more expensive, and are there for pleasure and convenience but aren't necessary for good eating/health. Although fortified soymilks and cereals at least have a lot of vitamins/minerals on top of the convenience they provide.

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