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Fresh vs. Frozen

I often get the question which is better fresh fruits and vegetables or frozen. Less than a third of American adults are eating the recommend daily amount of fruits and vegetables, I encourage eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. The USDA recommends that adult men and women who consume 2,000 to 2,799 calories should get 2 cups of fruit daily. If you get fewer than 2,000 calories a day or you are a woman under the age of 31, you can lower your intake to 1.5 cups daily. People who eat more than 2,800 calories daily should increase their consumption to 2.5 cups. A 1-cup serving equal one measuring cup of 100 percent juice and sliced or chopped fruit, one small apple , or one large banana, orange or peach. Up to age 51, women should consume 2.5 cups of vegetables every day. Beyond 51, the recommendation drops to 2 cups, according to ChooseMyPlate.gov. Men should consume 3 cups daily and can lower their intake to 2.5 cups after the age of 51. You can also tailor your intake based upon the calories you consume each day. If you consume between 1,000 to 1,199 calories, you should eat at least 1.5 cups of vegetables daily. Those who consume more than 2,000 calories daily should increase their intake to 2 cups, according to the publication Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.

Today shoppers are lucky to have a large variety of both to choose from year round.  You will get the most nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables. But, frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at peak ripeness and are flash frozen to preserve optimal nutrition. This allows for convenient and nutritious ways to get your daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. They last for several months and can be a very economical choice, especially for out of season items.

A few things to watch when choosing frozen products are sodium and sugar. Compare the sodium content on the Nutrition Facts label and choose the product with the lowest sodium. Watch for added sugar.  Choose 100% frozen fruits or vegetables without added sugars.

Don’t worry so much about which form of fruit or vegetables is best for you. Since the majority of Americans are not meeting the recommended intake the emphasis should be on increasing intake rather than which form of produce.

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