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  1. McGinnis, Margaret J. MS, RDN, CD, CNSC
  2. Gustashaw, Kristin A. R. MS, RDN, CSG, LDN
  3. Painter, James E. PhD, RDN


The purpose of this article is to address the myth that fresh fruit is nutritionally superior to unsweetened frozen and canned fruits. The results show that fresh fruit and unsweetened frozen and unsweetened canned fruits are similar in nutrient content. Canned, frozen, and fresh fruits retain similar levels of nutrients; therefore, all 3 forms can be used to help consumers reach recommended intakes of fruit. Nutrition professionals may help Americans improve fruit and nutrient intake by encouraging all 3 forms of fruit.