Frozen or Fresh: Which is Better?
By Sara Butler
When you’re told about eating a healthy and balanced diet, it often involves the word “fresh.” While it is true that fresh fruits and vegetables are great for you, that doesn’t mean that frozen fruits and vegetables don’t have their place. It is true there are certain foods that lose some of their nutrients and flavor when frozen, but others do great in the freezer section! Here are a few of the fruits and veggies that don’t lose their edge when you buy them frozen!
Before corn is flash frozen, it is blanched, meaning that it gets a quick dip in a hot bath. That process, when combined with freezing, actually helps to boost the level of certain carotenoids in corn. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that help to keep your vision sharp and healthy, and they’re found in abundance in frozen corn. Just don’t let it linger in your freezer forever – the freezer shelf life is about six months.
Frozen peas often taste just as good as fresh and also may be higher in antioxidants. One-half cup of frozen peas has 13 percent of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C and can stay just as nutritious and delicious for up to a year after freezing!
Spinach has more calcium than a glass of milk – but that’s not all. Spinach is full of good-for-you folates that help to fight heart disease. Just don’t let frozen spinach linger in your freezer for too long because it can lose about 43 percent of its folates between three and six months after freezing.
The flavonoids in blueberries help your body to fight off heart disease and some types of cancer and freezing them has no impact! Just make sure you finish off the blueberries within about four months since they can lose some of their nutrients after that.
Frozen cherries have more flavonoids than canned but the polyphenols in cherries that help to fight cancer can degrade by about 50 percent in six months in the freezer. Try to eat them within three months of freezing to get all the nutrients they have to offer.
One of the best things about frozen fruits and vegetables is their cost – they’re often less expensive than their fresh brethren. Plus they will keep for longer! So don’t be afraid to add some frozen foods to your grocery list!
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