Many have the impression and belief that frozen fruits and vegetables lose their nutrients once frozen and that having fruits and vegetables *fresh* is MUCH BETTER. I have something for you, that is not true. I have been on your side of the door and I wouldn`t believe how frozen may be more nutritional, however after careful research, it is true! I am not saying frozen is better in all cases, but they can both be as nutritional, if not better.
Frozen may be more healthy than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets, although not always the case, but check this out:
Fruits and vegetables chosen for freezing are often processed at their peak ripeness, a time when they are most packed with nutrients. Whereas, freshly chosen fruits and vegetables are typically picked before they are ripe, destined to be shipped to supermarkets around the country. This gives them less time to develop all the proper vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, they are left uneaten for the period that they must travel and stay on the shelves for however long until purchased from consumers, then in the consumer`s fridge until actually eaten. In addition, during the travel, fresh fruits and vegetables are exposed to variable temperatures such as heat and light, which degrade some nutrients, especially water-soluble vitamins like B and C.This process almost makes us question how much nutrients are the fresh produces actually offering to our bodies. This is not to say that frozen offers the ultimate nutrient, as the first step to freezing the vegetables and fruits is blanching them in hot water or steaming them. This is done in order to remove all bacteria and to keep away food-degrading enzymes; this then, as well, causes nutrients like vitamin C and Vitamin B to degrade. So as fresh produce, it does lose seldom vitamins, however once frozen, it then locks all nutrients left inside until eaten. However, note that with frozen produce you may still lose more of its nutritive content when reheating, so in order to maintain the most nutrients in frozen produce, reheating in a microwave or steaming is better than boiling, that way you keep the produce as healthful as possible.
So, after this descriptive explanation about FROZEN VS. FRESH, I will leave you to make your own decision. But keep in mind, frozen fruits and vegetables lose nutrients, just as Fresh produce does (through Vitamin B and C), however they still keep more nutrients then Fresh fruits all together, as they are frozen as soon as ready.
Now, when you go to the supermarket to buy *fresh* fruits and vegetables, and as the supermarket tries to convince you that these fruits have *just been picked* with the deceiving mist spray and colouring, you will remember that in reality, these fruits and vegetables have been in storage for a month or more…
So this is all to say that frozen can in fact be nutritionally comparable to ‘fresh’ produce, if not better, contrary to the beliefs out there.
Be sure to eat between five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Note that a serving is considered to be half cup of sliced fruit or vegetables, and for leafy greens a serving is one full cup.
Enjoy and stay healthy!