Choosing the best food options

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Thu, April 17 2014 at 4:05 PM, Updated: Thu, April 17 2014 at 10:19 PM

Medford, Ore. -- A trip to the grocery store means a lot of options. Should we buy organic or local? Frozen or fresh? And is one better for us than the other?

Sherri Sexton, a dietitian at Asante, said it's all about transport time. Whether you buy organic or local, or fresh or frozen, they're all going to be nutritious. But she tells people to pay attention to where the food is shipped in from when they're grocery shopping.

"Transport time is where we lose a lot of our nutrients," Sexton said. "So if we're looking in the grocery store and we are getting things from quite a ways away the frozen would be a better option."

Sexton said that's because manufacturers freeze the food when it's at it's most nutritious point, which packs in most of the nutrients while the food is being transported. But she does warn against added sodium in frozen vegetables.

So what's your best bet? Sexton said the most nutrient packed produce can be found at the local farmers market, where you can buy fresh food straight from the garden.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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