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How does a fruit or vegtable loose nutrition after it it picked?

Very little nutrition is lost unless they are cooked at very high temperatures for long periods of time.  Also, cooking fruits and vegetables in large amounts of water for extended periods of time can decrease their nutrient content.  There are exceptions, however.  Cooking can improve the body’s use of lycopene in tomatoes, for example.  Whether fruits and vegetables are fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced – they all provide good nutrition.  Here are some healthy ways to cook fruits and vegetables and some information on how to store fruits and vegetables.

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