Important to eat fruits and vegetables fresh

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Exposure to air destroys Vitamin C, so it is important to eat fresh foods as quickly as possible. Although a salad from a salad bar is healthier lunch choice than a hamburger, the vitamin C content of the fruits and vegetables from a salad bar is only a fraction of what it would be in a fresh salad. For example, freshly sliced cucumbers, if left standing, lose 41 percent and 49 percent of their vitamin C content within the first 3 hours. A sliced cantaloupe left uncovered in the refrigerator loses 35 percent of its vitamin C content in less than 24 hours.

Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, Dr Michael T. Murray, ND

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