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I was wondering if the nutritional value in fruits and vegetables changes at all depending on if they are underripe/overripe?

The nutritional value of produce depends on many different factors, including weather, amount of sunlight, storage conditions and also, when it is picked. However, differences in nutrition between ripe and unripe produce are likely small since produce is usually picked when it is close to ripe. The nutrition information that is posted for fresh produce in the supermarket is based on analysis of items that were selected at the supermarket so that it reflects what you are purchasing. Click here for tips on selection and storage of different fruits and vegetables.

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