One of the first things we're told to do for optimal health is, "Eat more vegetables." "Aww! Do I have to? Does ketchup count?" The brain gets that it is good for you to eat more veggies but the heart would really rather eat more Krispy Kremes or Deep Dish pizza.
If a vegetable is a vegetable, what difference would it make if it was served fresh from a garden, from a can, or frozen from a bag? There is actually a meaningful difference, and it has to do with the nutrient potency of the vegetable which includes enzyme muscle. Here's a simple way to look at it:
Every step a vegetable has to go through between the ground and your fork, the more it loses its health-giving enzymes and vitamins. (more after the jump)