Fruit and vegetables are high quality healthy foods. Eating more plant foods in the form of fruits and vegetables can significantly improve health, and may in particular protect from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other modern Western lifestyle diseases. Eating fruit and vegetables fresh is often considered the best way to consume them, but this is not always the case. Some frozen fruit and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh produce, so long as the freezing process was not delayed after harvest. Frozen fruit and vegetables also have a longer shelf life than fresh alternatives, and thus retain their nutrition longer. Tinned fruit and vegetables are likely the least nutritious option, but even so, tinned fruit and vegetables can provide significant health effects. In particular, tinned legumes appear to possess all the health effects of dried legumes, but without the difficulty associated with preparation. Increasing intake of fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables should therefore be encouraged.
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