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#19 of 22 Common Nutrition Mistakes

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM
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               Nutrition Mistake: You Stock Up on Fresh Veggies

You stock up on fresh veggies on Sunday for your week of healthy eating.

Result: Come Thursday or Friday, nutrients have done a vanishing act.

Some nutrients begin deteriorating in a fresh fruit or vegetable as soon as it’s harvested. In a week, green beans lose 77% of their vitamin C, spinach loses 50% of its folate, and prechopped cantaloupe, mango, and strawberry pieces lose 10% to 15% of their carotenoids. 

What to do: It’s less convenient, but buy fresh produce a few times a week. Also, shop smart: Ask the produce manager which veggies are freshest. And lean on locally grown, which has a shorter transit time, or frozen off-season vegetables, which are flash-frozen within hours of harvesting, sometimes right in the field.

by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM
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mypbandj
by Jen on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM

so true

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jan. 26, 2013 at 5:37 AM

Yep, true.

Krysden
by Platinum Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Yep.  Depending on WHERE you get them, you also have to wonder how long it's been between the point that something was picked & you bought it.   By the time you buy it, no telling how much nutrition those "fresh" veggies have lost.

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