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Counter or fridge-cooled? Where to put your fruits and veggies

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PASCO, WA - It's no secret that buying produce can get expensive, but it's also necessary for a healthy diet. Reporter Kristina Shalhoup thought that if you're going to spend all that money, you might as well get the most out of your fruits and veggies...and a lot of that comes from proper food storage.

Kristina Shalhoup spoke with an expert today and learned more.

Out of the three items behind her earlier today, only one was supposed to go in the refrigerator. But which one? After speaking with a nutritionist today, she found out why some foods actually taste better when you leave them out.

Remember when you were little and your parents kept telling you to eat your fruits and veggies? Well, as it turns out, they were right.

"Definitely a ten...fruits and veggies are a great source of nutrients," said Teresa Buckland, dietitian with Tri-Cities Community Health. "They have tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants."

So hopefully, you're stocking up on the healthy stuff. But think twice before throwing all of that produce into the refrigerator.

"There are a few vegetables and fruits that definitely do best out on the counter or away in a cupboard," said Buckland.

As Kristina found out today, storing your produce in the wrong place can actually affect the way it tastes.

"Once they go into the fridge, some of the sugars start breaking down, so they become mealy and they don't taste as good and they lose some of their flavor," Buckland explained.

So which foods go where?

"Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and bananas...those are kind of the big ones."

The big ones for the fridge? Nope! Those ones are best left on the counter. And as for the cold stuff?

"Other root vegetables like carrots or beets go in the fridge...leafy greens should go in the fridge," said Buckland.

But for safety's sake, there is one circumstance where all produce items should be refrigerated.

"If you cut up any fruits and veggies, they should go in the fridge," Buckland said.

So, in hopes of keeping your bananas yellow, and your potatoes without eyes, keep these tips in mind to keep your food the freshest.