Science Questions

Are old vegetables as good as fresh?

Sun, 7th Jan 2007

Part of the show Red Wine, Caffeine and Bugs in Your Gut


Nicki via email asked:

If we store seasonal fruit and vegetables will they still have all the same nutrients as when they're fresh?


Well certainly the mineral content isn't going to change. But it's likely that some vitamins will decrease over time. So there is an optimal time when you can eat these foods. It really depends on the storage environment. If it's a cold environment then it's going to slow the degradation of things like vitamin C and other minerals that are unstable.


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