Friday, September 25, 2009

What's The Cheapest Fruit To Buy?

Dear Laurie,  I am on a limited budget and can only afford one type of fruit--what would the best choice be? --Carolyn L.

Dear Carolyn,

You don't have to limit yourself to one type of fruit, even if you can only afford limited amounts each day!  Mix them up every day of the week to give yourself the most variety.  That's important to get in the variety of vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals that fruits provide.

If I had to pick a few nutrient-packed choices I'd go with oranges and kiwis for their concentrated vitamin sources.  But all fruits have something good to offer!

Remember that frozen and canned fruits, while lower in fiber, still have a lot of nutrient density to offer in a naturally low-calorie package!  Look for canned varieties that have the least sugar added.  There's no need for sweetener in a food that already contains nature's fruit sugar. And, while fruit juice can contain the good vitamins that fruits provide, they are nowhere near as filling as eating the fruit itself.

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