Is canned food actually better for you than raw produce?

November 13, 2014 11:00 AM

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Is canned food actually better for you than raw produce?

For years, nutritionists and health experts have stressed that we should shop the perimeter of supermarkets or at local farmers' markets. But the middle rows—the aisles with canned fruits and vegetables—are finally getting their due. As it turns out, buying produce off the shelf isn't bad at all: The canned stuff can be just as healthful as its fresh counterparts—sometimes even more so.

Studies have found that produce is most nutritious within hours of harvesting. And because most of us get our fruits and vegetables days later (whether from supermarkets or even farmers' markets), we're not eating them at their peak. That's why canned and frozen goods make more sense. According to a...

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