A vegetable mix for cooking, a bag of pre-packaged lettuce… They make it easy to get a decent meal on the table. But, are pre cut fruits and vegetables a good alternative to the uncut variants? We have sorted it out for you.
Do they lose vitamins?
Vitamins in vegetables are gradually lost under the influence of light, air (oxygen), heat and water. Pre cut vegetables have a larger contact surface which brings them more in contact with light and air. They usually also miss their peel which provides a natural protection against vitamin loss and decay. Since pre cut fruits and vegetables are therefore more susceptible to decay and vitamin loss, it is best not to be too long for consumption.
Vegetables like bell peppers lose minerals and vitamins by leaving them in water for too long or boiling them in too much water. Do not leave vegetables in water unnecessarily for a long time. Use only one bottom of the water during cooking. Please note that the vegetables do not burn.
What about packaging?
Some pre cut fruits and vegetables are packaged with less oxygen, which keeps them fresh for longer. This is indicated by pre cut vegetable businesses on the packaging as “packaged under modified atmosphere (MAP)” or “packaged under protective atmosphere”. Always keep in mind the expiry date on the packaging.
Pre cut fruit and vegetables are a great alternative to the uncut variants. The most important thing is to eat enough fruit and vegetables and keep them cool after purchase and consume as soon as possible.