Are frozen veggies healthy? Study suggests a surprising finding
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This is surprising, but it does make sense when put into perspective as the study does: Frozen foods are fresher when frozen than fresh foods are when purchased. I've often grappled over the pros and cons of eating frozen over fresh produce. It does make me feel better about my frozen food consumption. I eat a lot of it and its good to hear it is still nutritious. But, with all the produce farms around my area, fresh is good too!



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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Are frozen veggies healthy? Study suggests a surprising finding

When it comes to fruits and veggies, there’s little doubt grabbing a bag of pre-washed, prepped frozen peas from the freezer section is likely to be cheaper and easier.

But, what about your health?

It’s long been assumed that eating fresh fruit and veggies is hands-down healthier.

But a new study set to be published in June casts that common belief in doubt.

A team of scientists from the University of Georgia compared fresh with frozen, as well as a third category dubbed "fresh-stored."

This mimicked the typical length of time people tend to store fresh produce after buying it and was found to be around five days.

The researchers focused on these family favorites:

    broccoli
    cauliflower
    corn
    green beans
    green peas
    spinach
    blueberries
    strawberries

To judge how fresh each product was, the scientists measured levels of key nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A and folate.

In many cases, there was little difference between the fresh, fresh-stored and frozen varieties.

But, where the researchers noted vast differences, they found the frozen produce outshone the fresh counterparts.

They said: “The findings of this study do not support the common belief that fresh food has significantly greater nutritional value than its frozen counterpart.

“In the cases of significant differences, frozen produce outperformed ‘fresh-stored’ more frequently than ‘fresh-stored’ outperformed frozen.”

The reason why frozen is often better for you comes down to the point at which it is placed on ice.

A technique called fresh freezing ensures food is chilled quickly, often not long after it’s picked, reported Mic.

As a result, the nutrients and goodness are trapped in at source.

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Though they may look freshly picked, chances are the produce in the fruit and veggie aisle at most supermarkets has spent some time from when it’s picked, being transported to the store and then home.

And the longer that time takes, the fewer vitamins and minerals will survive.

Registered dietitian Emily Braaten told Mic: “Frozen vegetables are usually nutritionally equivalent to fresh vegetables because they’re generally flash-frozen on site, immediately after harvest.

“This kind of processing may degrade some nutrients while making others more bioavailable.”

The Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell agrees that fruit and veggies don’t have to be fresh to pack a healthy punch.

She said: “Frozen options are full of goodness too.

“Frozen mixed berries can be blended into a smoothie or frozen peas can be cooked and served on the side or added to a tasty dish such as risotto.”

A Sun Online investigation earlier this year revealed opting for frozen over fresh could save the average family more than £260 (about $278 USD) a year.

Comparing 10 baskets of fresh and frozen items at Tesco, we found the ice-chilled variety was more than £10 (about $10.70 USD) cheaper than the fresh one.
Regardless of whether you opt for fresh or frozen, it’s important to include as many fruit and vegetables in your diet.
The NHS advises everyone to aim for five-a-day, as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The five-a-day campaign is based on World Health Organization guidelines, which recommends eating 400g of fruit and veg a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
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#2
Yes. And in the dead of winter, the frozen wins hands-down around here, both in terms of price and quality!!
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Many of the "fresh" veggies sold in the best supermarket in our little town are often far from "fresh" and frequently lacking in taste.  And, it *is* a very good supermarket, too, all things considered. 

Now, if you live where you can get (or pick yourself) truly fresh veggies (you know, NOT the ones picked two weeks ago and shipped 3,000 miles or something...), then by all means....Even better, if you have the space, the time, the health, and the wherewithal to grow your own, even better!!  Unfortunately, Mrs. JM and I do not.

(By the way...this is not really new news.  We've known this for many years.  Sorry, Z-Man!)
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(04-22-2017, 02:01 PM)PrairieMom Wrote: Yes. And in the dead of winter, the frozen wins hands-down around here, both in terms of price and quality!!
When you live in Canada, I'd say most of the vegetables are frozen at least at some point. :grin:
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Yep. "Fresh" foods are picked early so they won't overripen in transit. Frozen are typically picked ripe, then washed and frozen. That being said, that's why I love a garden out back.

(04-22-2017, 03:21 PM)In His Love Wrote:
(04-22-2017, 02:01 PM)PrairieMom Wrote: Yes. And in the dead of winter, the frozen wins hands-down around here, both in terms of price and quality!!
When you live in Canada, I'd say most of the vegetables are frozen at least at some point. :grin:

Y'all eat frozen veggies year round? :P
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(04-22-2017, 09:27 PM)Jeeter Wrote: Yep. "Fresh" foods are picked early so they won't overripen in transit. Frozen are typically picked ripe, then washed and frozen. That being said, that's why I love a garden out back.

(04-22-2017, 03:21 PM)In His Love Wrote:
(04-22-2017, 02:01 PM)PrairieMom Wrote: Yes. And in the dead of winter, the frozen wins hands-down around here, both in terms of price and quality!!
When you live in Canada, I'd say most of the vegetables are frozen at least at some point. :grin:

Y'all eat frozen veggies year round? :P

Something like that.  :LOL:

I do love having the (non-frozen) garden those too. Although I was quite perturbed at the 2" of new snow on my lovely new beds when I got up this morning!!!  >:( And I was out tilling last while wearing a t-shirt last night too!
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Meanwhile, in the south of the province, winemakers are upset they don't have cold enough conditions for ice wine anymore. I'll trade them some "still snowing" weather to be able to grow a damned head of lettuce. That's if we manage a garden this year. Or, maybe bears like frozen vegetables too.
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#8
Frozen vegetables can not be right for health. Nutritional value of frozen vegetable is low and gradually decreases further. According to my opinio, fresh vegetables should be consumed as far as possible.
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