Frozen Fruit And Veg Are Just As Healthy As Fresh Produce
People frequently dismiss the idea of frozen foods being better for you than fresh food. And it’s true that the boxes and bags of nutritional land mines found in the freezer aisle can easily blow up your diet. But it’s not all doom and gloom for frozen fare. Fresh produce that’s picked up and transported around the world loses nutritional value as it travels, but freezing it slows the breakdown and helps maintain freshness.
In fact, multiple studies have found frozen foods to be just as good and usually better for you than fresh. In 2013 a study conducted at the University of Chester found that about two-thirds of the frozen fruits and vegetables it tested had more vitamin C and antioxidants (including polyphenols, lutein, betacarotene and anthocyanin) than refrigerated produce.
Another study from the University of Georgia in the US compared fresh and frozen strawberries, blueberries, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, spinach and green peas from six grocery stores. Initial tests found both varieties had similar nutrition levels. The food was then returned to the fridge or freezer, and...