Apart from being tasty and providing a high nutritional value, there are many other benefits to eating fresh. Here are some reasons why you should include more fresh foods in your diet:
1. Safe to eat raw
Some foods, such as chicken, really aren’t safe to eat in their raw state. However, foods such as herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, to name a few, can be enjoyed in their raw state.
2. Loaded with important nutrients
Foods that are unprocessed, or are in their raw state, provide us with all the essential micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) our bodies need. Unfortunately, some micro-nutrients are heat sensitive, meaning they are lost during the cooking process.
3. No nasties
Eating and purchasing fresh foods like vegetables and fruits is the best way to ensure no preservatives, additives, hormones, or dyes have been added to your food. Usually, foods that have been canned, bagged, frozen, etc. have been enriched with chemicals known as preservatives to prolong their shelf life.
4. Wider variety
Boost your plate with a wider selection of rainbow foods. Frozen and canned foods limit the types of foods used. Eating fresh allows for a wider selection of foods, thus rewarding your body with more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
The most notable difference between fresh, canned, dried, and frozen, is their flavour. Fresh foods are simply delicious because they keep are kept in their natural state. Let’s be honest, there’s a noticeable taste difference between fresh and canned milk products.
I would most certainly agree that fresh fruits and vegetables are nutritionally ideal. However, at the end of the day, whether frozen, canned, or fresh, the most important takeaway is simply to eat fruit and vegetables, however they’re prepared. Fresh, frozen, canned or dried, all counts towards your 5 a day.