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Is Ripe Fruit Healthier for You?

Thinkstock Timing is everything—even when it comes to biting into a piece of fruit. Science shows that the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fat, and even calories in natural's candy can vary significantly depending on its ripeness.A little science lesson: When a fruit ripens, its starch is converted into sugar, making it softer and sweeter, says Joseph Scheerens, Ph.D., a horticulture professor at Ohio State University. Often there's a loss of acidity and a change in color as well. In evolutionary terms, this makes the fruit more appealing texturally, taste-wise, and visually, which ... Read More

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