Eat your veggies for

Eat your veggies for health benefits

by: Sue Walker Etowah Area Senior Center

Each evening on the radio I try to listen to John Tesh’s “Intelligence For Your Life.” In each short segment he gives advice and information about health, weight loss, relationships, pets, home improvement, and finances. Last week I heard him discussing the health benefits of cucumbers. I was fascinated by what I heard. I thought if cucumbers can do all that, what about other vegetables. So I did a little research and would like to share what I found.

I only use fresh vegetables at my house. One reason is that I grow many of them in the summer. I usually purchase fresh vegetables from supermarkets when I’m not getting them from my garden. Most people think that fresh is always better. Maybe if you grow your own or buy from a local farmer, but this may not always be correct. Many vegetables in a supermarket travel long distances to get to the shelves. When they are shipped, they may be exposed to high temperatures, which can release many of their nutrients. Some may have been harvested before they are ripe which does not give the vitamins and nutrients a chance to fully develop.

Frozen vegetables, on the other hand, are picked at the peak of ripeness and blanched and flash-frozen to remove bacteria and lock in their essential vitamins and nutrients. The faster they are frozen after picking, the more nutrients will remain. Fresh vegetables have a shelf life of about one to two weeks, but frozen vegetables can last much longer in your freezer.

Canned vegetables can lose some of their vitamin C in heating process during canning, but when they are canned quickly, most of the nutrients are locked in. So canned vegetables can have the same, if not more nutrients than fresh vegetables and the levels remain the same even after one to two years of storage. Canned vegetables are the safest products to choose because they contain no preservatives and they are heated before being canned which keeps them from being contaminated with bacteria…..
Source: Daily Post Athenian