Reader takes issue with Cape Flavors advice

April 25, 2013

I give Cape Flavors (Cape Gazette, April 19) one thumb down for misinforming readers about the nutrient value of canned and frozen foods. Contrary to our local food writer, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are perfectly acceptable sources of nutrients. In fact, plain frozen vegetables and fruits are often of superior quality and nutrient content if flash frozen and packed in the fields at peak ripeness. Both their convenience and affordable pricing make these ideal fruit and vegetable sources for individuals seeking healthy choices.

I give a second thumb down for advocating fish of any kind as a healthy source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish get their Omega-3 from plants, where we can get ours as well, without the pollutants, toxins and saturated fats present in all fish. For a safe, reliable source of Omega-3, try 1 or 2 tablespoons of mashed flax seed daily, or the more expensive chia seeds.

I give Cape Flavors a third thumb down for sidestepping all together the major issue regarding food, health and the economy – the urgent need for dietary change from consumption of animal products to plant-based foods. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and many others, our current food policies and dietary habits have put us on a path towards an environmental and public health crisis.

Dorothy P. Greet

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