Friday, March 30, 2012

In a Pinch? Canned and Frozen Can Be as Healthy as Fresh Produce

MYTH 23: Frozen and canned vegetables and fruit are not as nutritious as fresh.

THE TRUTH: Nothing beats the taste of fresh produce in season. But frozen and canned produce can be just as nutritious since it’s usually picked and packed at the peak of ripeness when nutrient levels are highest. Frozen or canned produce gives you benefits beyond health. It allows Canadians to enjoy a variety of vegetables and fruit year-round and is a practical choice for people living in remote areas. It’s also sometimes more affordable than fresh produce. And cooking with frozen or canned produce can save you time in the kitchen! Read the labels: The healthiest choices are products that contain no added sugar, fat or salt.

Tips on getting the most from vegetables and fruits: