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Healthy Eating: Improving Your Convenience Foods

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University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS

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FCS80013 Healthy Eating: Improving Your Convenience Foods1 Emily Minton2 1. La versión en español de este documento es Alimentación Saludable: Mejorando sus comidas precocidas (FCS80013-Span).This document is FCS80013, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date May 2012. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. Emily Minton, B.S., former ENAFS program coordinator, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Millie Ferrer-Chancy, Interim Dean What Are Convenience Foods? Convenience foods are foods that require little preparation. With some convenience foods, you only have to heat them, and they are ready to eat in less than five minutes! The majority of convenience foods are processed foods. However, precut, prewashed, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables also can be classified as convenience foods. They are healthy foods but usually more expensive than less prepared fresh fruits and vegetables. Pros and Cons of Convenience Foods Convenience foods offer many benefits, including less time spent planning meals and grocery shopping, less preparation time, fewer leftovers (with single-portion foods), and easier

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