Ask the RD: When it comes to the healthiest fruits and vegetables, is it better to buy fresh, frozen or canned products?

by Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD on Mar 25, 2009

Food for Thought

Shoppers today are lucky to have a range of fresh, frozen and canned produce to choose from, which provides a variety of colorful veggies and fruit that will boost your nutrient intake all year round. With less than a third of U.S. adults eating the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, you can encourage your clients to eat a variety of fresh, frozen and canned selections (ideally in that order).

Obviously, you will get the most nutrients if you use the freshest fruits or veggies (right off the vine would be best). But frozen produce offers a convenient and nutritious way to get your daily recommended amount of fruits and veggies and allows you to eat strawberries in the middle of winter. Although some vitamins are lost during the canning process, canned tomatoes actually have more antioxidants than their fresh counterparts. But be sure to buy canned varieties that contain no added sugar or salt.

You can pose your own question to our contributing editor Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian and the wellness coordinator for the Albuquerque Public School District. She chairs Action for Healthy Kids in New Mexico and teaches nutrition at the University of New Mexico. Please send your questions, along with your name and city/state/country, to editor Sandy Webster at swebster@ideafit.com.

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Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD

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You can pose your own question to our contributing editor Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian and worksite wellness consultant with Presbyterian Health Plan. Please send your questions, ...