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Is fresh fruit healthier than fruit from a jar, tin or freezer?

  1. Canned or potted fruit and frozen fruit contain about the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit. Fruit contains, among other things, vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, potassium, iron and calcium. Nutrient amounts are different for each species, but differences can exist even within the same species. Fresh fruit and frozen fruit are in the Wheel of Five.

Fruit from a jar or tin

  1. Fruit from a can or jar is available in the varieties "in juice" or "in syrup". Fruit "in syrup" means that the fruit floats in a mixture of water and sugar. As a result, sugar is absorbed into the fruit, making it less healthy than fresh fruit. Fruit in syrup is not listed in the Wheel of Five. With fruit "in juice" the fruit floats in the (own) juice. The juice generally contains less sugar than syrup. As a result, less sugar ends up in the fruit. Drained fruit from a can or jar "in juice" is therefore included in the Wheel of Five. The juice is not listed in the Wheel of Five. You can take drained fruit in juice every now and then. But it is best to choose fresh fruit or frozen fruit.

Why fruit?

  1. There is a link between eating a lot of fruit and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Eating fruit is also associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and colon and lung cancer. It is not yet entirely clear why fruit reduces the risk of disease. It is probably a combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances in fruit. Each fruit contains different nutrients. So it is important to vary.

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