“What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw,” says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods. “A lot of times, those vegetables have been transported for days, and then sit. It could be a matter of weeks between when they’re picked and consumed.”
Frozen vegetables, she says, are “probably more nutrient-rich than many of the raw vegetables in the produce section.”
— Nancy Shute via NPR
Fact or marketing/advertising tactic? Either way, I do enjoy frozen veg every now and then.
As with anything, practice makes perfect. You can’t expect to run like a gazelle if you only lace up your sneaks twice a week.
So why are Americans obsessed with weight loss? Many people say they want to lose weight to improve their health, but this may not actually be their primary motivation. In one of the more interesting polls I’ve seen, more than three-fourths of the 231 dieters surveyed said that they would take a pill that would guarantee they would achieve or maintain their desired weight even if it would lower their life expectancy. On average, they were willing to give up 5.7 years. Moreover, 91% said that they would not take a pill that would lengthen their life by five years if it guaranteed that they would also remain overweight. This was a small sample, but it is consistent with other research. For instance, a book published just last year showed that the desire to fit in or be “normal” — rather than improving health — is the primary motivation for many people who undergo weight-loss surgery.
— Abigail Saguy
(via Why we diet - LA Times)