Whether choosing prepared meals, cooking them based on the quality of the products or eating out every day… The real question that one does not ask but fundamental to his survival and the proper functioning of the body is your daily vitamins intake enough?
Vitamins are found in fruits and vegetables, what about ready-made prepared meals, heated meals, frozen food?
Essential for the proper functioning of vital functions in humans, vitamins act at several levels on the neural, enzymatic, biological and metabolic levels.
They are of two types of vitamins, those which show a soluble affinity with fatty substances such as vitamins A, D, E, K and water-soluble ones which have an affinity with water such as vitamins B and C.
Vitamin A (Retinol or Beta-carotene)
Vitamin D (Calciferol)
Vitamin E (Tocopherols or Tocotrienols)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Always faster and performing but for food in your plate, there goes another story. Vitamins are organic molecules extremely sensitive to heat, cooking and the freshness of the product. In other words food modification causes a decrease in vitamins that is correlated with the various treatments it undergoes.
The origin of the product has its importance but it does not explain everything. Comparing apples produced more than half a century ago with those produced nowadays, the vitamins contained in an apple are reduced by a factor of 4.
Avoid as much as possible:
Ready-made prepared meals, re-heated ready-made meals, meals grilled in the oven or in the pan
To privilege as much as possible:
Fresh fruits, vegetables and vegetarian/meat/fish proteins, seasonal and local if possible
Gentle cooking, low temperature to limit the degradation of vitamins (below 110 ° C)
Supplementation with vitamins is a good additional source.