posted on Nov, 9 2005 @ 02:51 PM
The less time and processing a vegetable has to endure, the better it is for you.
Obviously, if you go and pull a carrot, pick some peas and shuck some corn, you are getting the best of the best. All of that would be going from the
garden to your plate with a minimal time lag and with very little processing.
Most frozen produce goes from the field to being cleaned, cut and flash frozen in just a few hours, or within a day. This retains most of the
nutrients in their original state and can actually be better than some of the same fresh produce that has been picked in California, shipped across
the country in a truck, sat in a warehouse for a few days and then dumped into a display bin at your local store.
Canned vegetables go through the most punishment because of the heat required for the canning process. I don't have any figures or links I can quote,
but I would have to assume that canning would destroy some of the vitamin content.
The order that you posted your query is also the order I prefer to eat them in.
When I go shopping I hit the produce section first, it's my favorite part of the store.
Fresh vegetables are on my plate for most meals.
Frozen sometimes, but that will usually be that "Green Giant, Peaches & Cream Corn", I love that stuff.
Canned, NEVER NEVER NEVER............ I can't remember the last time I bought a canned vegetable. They all just taste bad.