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Nutritionally speaking, is there a difference between canned, frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables?

Individual fruits and vegetables vary considerably in terms of the nutrients they provide.  Nutrient levels can be affected by growing conditions and weather, harvesting methods, and how you handle, store and prepare them.  All forms of fruits and vegetables (canned, fresh, frozen, 100% juice and dried) can have a place in your diet and can count towards your daily recommended amount.  Fruits and veggies are healthy only if they are eaten and are a far better choice than foods that have a high calorie and low nutrient profile.  Be sure to read the Nutrition Facts panel and the ingredient statement on food packages for sodium/salt, fiber, and nutrient levels; be on the lookout for added salt, sugar or fat to these products.

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