While it's true that all fruit is vegan, not all fruit is created, or shall we say processed, equally. Some fruit is processed, quite literally to death. As a result, not all fruit is considered cruelty-free and, therefore, does not always qualify as vegan. But that's an entirely different topic for a completely different post.
This post is about how to make the most of your produce selections.
- Canned Fruit In Syrup is essentially pure sugar. The high heat used in the canning process diminishes antioxidants, making this particular fruit one to steer clear from.
- Imported Fresh Fruit must travel a long way to get to your supermarket in the off-season months. This fruit is picked before it's ready and then ripened with the use of agents such as ethylene gas and calcium carbide. To limit your carbon footprint and to get the freshest fruit available, buy fruit in-season when it most likely comes from a local source.
- Organic Frozen Fruit is always a great choice since it's flash-frozen at its nutritional peak immediately following the harvest. This process locks in all the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Organic frozen fruits are often more economical than fresh, and they'll last a long time in your freezer. Plus, they're perfect for making smoothies and for cooking and baking.