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If you cook or freeze a fruit or vegetable, does it have the same or significantly less amount of nutrients? For example, if you fry broccoli, does it have the same benefits, or are you better off eating french fries?

When properly cooked, nutrient loss from fruits and vegetables is small. Overcooking will result in the most loss of nutrients. When they are prepared for freezing, the loss of nutrients is also very small. Commercially frozen fruits and vegetables are processed right after they have been picked, and the nutrient content is comparable to the fresh produce purchased in supermarkets. Broccoli that is fried will still have the same benefits, but it will also have a lot of extra calories. Click here to see the Top Ten Ways to Cook Fruits and Veggies.   

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