Sugar in fruit – The Truth About Sugar and Carbs in Fruit
Sugar in fruit – what are the facts? In this week’s healthy eating video nutrition expert Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND sets the record straight about some of the world’s healthiest foods – fresh, whole fruits. Herbalife Nutrition.
Food Selection and Storage – Getting the Most Nutrition
The foods you choose, and the way you store them, can affect their nutrient content. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables are usually your best bet – they’ve likely been picked at their peak and have had less time in transit and storage – both of which can diminish nutrient content. But frozen foods run a close second – they’ve generally processed very soon after harvest, which locks nutrition in.
Some food nutrients, such as vitamin C, can be lost when fruits and vegetables are exposed to light and air – and this is particularly true if the food has been cut open (skins and peels help protect vitamin content). So, while pre-cut fruits and vegetables are convenient – and many of us use them from time to time – it’s best to start with whole foods whenever possible to retain the most nutrients.
Storage conditions matter, too. For instance, tomatoes and watermelon have more lycopene (the antioxidant pigment that gives them their red color) when they’re stored at room temperature rather than in the refrigerator. On the other hand, vitamin C – in foods like citrus fruits and broccoli – is better preserved in the cold temperature of your refrigerator.