New research shows why fresh fruits and vegetables are a healthier option than store-bought versions.
The study found consumers are buying fresh fruit and vegetables more frequently than they ever have before.
The takeaway message: Be sure to eat fresh fruits or vegetables at least once a week, according to a study published in the journal Consumer Reports.
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The researchers found that the majority of respondents in the survey, as well as some people who weren’t asked about their eating habits, were buying fresh fruits at least weekly.
That’s a huge shift from the past.
In 2015, when the consumer-focused food website Food52 launched a fruit-focused menu, about 15% of its online customers were buying fruit every week.
The survey found that in 2014, only 16% of respondents were buying fruits every week, with most purchasing at least one fresh fruit or vegetable every week or more frequently.
The majority of people who responded to Food52’s online survey also said they had eaten fresh fruit at least twice in the past week.
That’s a big shift from last year, when most respondents were purchasing fresh fruits in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
According to the study, nearly half of respondents (49%) said they buy fresh fruit in the month of January, up from 42% in 2014.
The remaining respondents were most likely to say they buy fruit every other month (45%), followed by two weeks (41%), three weeks (39%) and four weeks (34%).
What about frozen fruit?
While fresh fruit is the most popular type of fruit in stores, frozen fruits have been getting a lot of attention in recent months.
This year, the National Institutes of Health announced it will allow research to compare the health benefits of different frozen fruit varieties, including varieties that have been frozen longer.
Some studies have shown frozen fruits may be more nutritious than fresh fruits, but others have found they may also contain more calories, fat, and salt.
Healthy alternatives are on the horizon, too.
There are a number of foods that can be made from frozen fruits, such as strawberries and blueberries, that can also be eaten fresh.
But some shoppers have become concerned about the food chain.
For example, some consumers are wary of buying frozen fruit because they fear they’ll be eating the frozen fruits instead of fresh fruit.
So how can you avoid eating frozen fruit and be sure you’re getting the best fruit and vegetable?