Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Buzz from.................BIKINI BOOTCAMP

Fruits and Veggies: Fresh vs. Canned or Frozen
Fresh fruits and vegetables are certainly the most appealing choice, considering taste and texture, but sometimes you just don't have time to buy, wash, and chop a head of broccoli or a bag of sweet potatoes. Not only are frozen and canned varieties an easy option that ensures you get your daily dose, but they can also be just as good for you because they're picked when fully ripe and are processed right away. Next time you're buying canned or frozen fruits or vegetables, follow these guidelines:
* Choose fruits and vegetables canned in water or their own juices, and be sure to check the labels for added salt. Avoid fruits and veggies canned in syrup, which is loaded with sugar.
* Most canned and frozen vegetables are cooked during processing — even if only briefly — so it's important to use shorter cooking times and lower temperatures to preserve more of their nutritional value.
* Instead of boiling frozen or canned vegetables, try steaming, baking, or even microwaving them. These methods require less water, which will help you retain the vegetables' nutrients.

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