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Learning those confusing terms to describe food

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Fresh and healthy are just a couple words we often hear to describe food we should be eating, but sometimes those terms can be misleading to consumers.

Gayle Coleman, a University of Wisconsin-Extension nutrition education specialist, says many time consumers may assume that fresh vegetables are more nutritious than frozen or canned, but she says fresh vegetables or fruits are not necessarily healthier.

"Fruits and vegetables are at their peak of nutrition shortly after their harvested, or soon as their harvested, and the more time there is in between when they're harvested and when they're consumed, the fewer nutrients are in the fruits and vegetables," Coleman said.

She says produce that is frozen or canned is harvested at the peak of ripeness and quickly processed to retain most of its nutrients.

Some other terms Coleman says to look out for are organic, low-fat, low-sodium, and specialty foods.

According to Coleman, consumers can use information from unbiased sources, including information on UW-Extension's website.

Coleman joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.
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