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Toss or keep

By CHESHIRE QUE

Illustration by ARIANA CAMILLE MARALIT

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With the enhanced community quarantine in effect during the current pandemic, the availability of whole, fresh, and minimally processed food can be limited. Oftentimes the most logical and economical way is to purchase food items that have a longer shelf life, allowing them to be stored in the pantry, refrigerated, and frozen for months on end. Unfortunately, the inadequate intake of fresh produce in the form of vegetables and fruits can be detrimental to one’s health. Consumers also opt for canned meats instead of fresh or frozen meat, fish, and poultry. Another health issue is losing the nutritional value of food that has been stored beyond its shelf life.

To know how long you can store your food while ensuring optimum quality and nutrient content, keep this information on hand.

VEGETABLES

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FRUITS

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SEAFOOD

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MEAT, POULTRY, AND EGG

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BREADS AND GRAINS

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Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/05/02/toss-or-keep/)

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