Fresh vs. Frozen Produce – does it matter?

FOOD  | 8.6.17  |  by Gia Dolney

Frozen peas

We all know that we should eat more fruits and veggies. They provide us with a lower-calorie way to fill us up and give us the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that our bodies need. But, when it comes to fresh vs. frozen, which is one better?

New Study Gives Answer

A recent study was revealing. It’s from research published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. In the study, the scientists came to the conclusion that frozen produce can be better or the same nutritionally as fresh produce. That was surprising to us because we like promoting fresh. But here’s the reasoning.

The researchers found that much of today’s produce gets refrigerated – either in the distribution and selling process or at your home. And this refrigerated storage time depletes essential nutrients.

Frozen foods, on the other hands, retain their nutrients – almost like they are frozen in time.

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Why Does Fresh vs. Frozen Matter?

Well, for a few reasons.

For busy SMG families, it’s often really easy to just pull out a frozen veggie steamer package and have your vegetables ready to go in minutes – no chopping, dicing, washing. The same goes for most other frozen produce – it’s ready to go.

If the nutrients are the same or better, there’s no reason not to take advantage of frozen produce. It also extends your grocery bill savings by looking not only for fresh produce sales but also frozen as well.

Quick How To’s

In terms of breakfast options, the frozen berries and fruits can be a wonderful option for creating fruit bowls and smoothies that easily mix with granola and yogurt for a protein-and-produce-packed meal to start your day. Kid friendly too!

Food52 says that steaming or microwaving vegetables helps you to avoid the “mushy” veggie problem that sometimes is caused by freezing vegetables. Some veggies like green beans, edamame, and peas, only need a simple thaw or steam before they are ready to go. Truly a time saver!

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