Fruits And Veggies Are Best Frozen Or Fresh

Fruits And Veggies Are Best Frozen Or Fresh

Frozen And Canned Fruits Are As Good For Your Health As Fresh.

ALTHOUGH SEASONAL fresh, locally grown produce may be the best-tasting and the most nutrient-dense, it can sometimes get pricey to consume all of your daily fruit and vegetable servings this way. But if you add some frozen or canned fruits and veggies to your eating plan, you can easily get your five-a-day servings without burning a hole in your wallet.

About Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and veggies are healthy sources of carbohydrates that give your body the energy it needs to perform all its activities throughout the day. Produce contains fiber, which helps improve digestion, as well as many vitamins and minerals the body needs to function. Other nutrients found in produce include:

  • Vitamin C, which helps your body fight off illness.
  • Potassium, which helps control blood pressure.
  • Vitamin A, which keeps your eyes and skin healthy.

 

Is Fresh Best?

Although it is best to get most of your fruit and veggie servings in their freshest form, it’s OK to go with
canned or frozen options occasionally. Fresh produce can get expensive, so frozen and canned produce can help you get your day’s servings without going over budget. When you are not able to buy fresh produce, just be sure to buy frozen and canned versions without added sugar, salt or sauces so you can get as close to fresh as possible.

How Many Servings Of Fruits And Veggies Should I Get Each Day?

For the average adult, the goal should be at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

One serving might include:

  • 1 cup leafy greens, such as lettuce, cabbage, kale, or spinach.
  • ½ cup non-starchy vegetable, such as green beans, carrots or tomatoes.
  • ½ cup diced fruit or applesauce.
  • 1 medium-sized fruit (about the size of a baseball).
  • ½ cup berries, such as strawberries or blueberries.

 

By Staci Gulbin, MS, MEd, RD, LDN

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