Where to Find the Freshest Veggies

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Next time you pick up some spinach, don’t reach for the bag in the back. A new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that fresh spinach exposed to fluorescent lighting contained up to 100% more folate – plus higher levels of lutein and vitamins C, E and K. “By exposing the leaves to continuous bright light, you stimulate photosynthesis, the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy,” says a USDA scientist. “That increases the level of those five nutrients. Also supermarket lighting has the same effect on all leafy greens, so whether you’re shopping for butter lettuce or red romaine, grab from the front.