We have all been there, staring at our plate wanting all that green to just go away. If you are a dieter then you know that getting your veggies in is a good thing, not to mention, keeps you full. So, what is the cheapest and easiest way to get them in? Well, frozen of course.
But are they as good for you as fresh veggies?
For the longest time, it has been said that eating fresh fruits and veggies is the healthier choice; hands-down.
According to a team of scientists from the University Of Georgia who researched “fresh-stored” produce for the typical length of time (around five days). The items in question were:
- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Corn, Green beans, Peas, Spinach, Strawberries, Blueberries
The researchers began to measure the freshness of each product by some key nutrients, including vitamin A, C, and Folate. The researchers all started to notice some vast differences, the frozen produce began to outshine their fresh competitors.
They commented, “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.”
Now, I know what you are thinking… man that is like walking in a circle I had to read it twice. Yep so did I. But if you stop and think about it, it has to come down to when the product is frozen. If a veggie is picked and then flash frozen it retains all of its goodness… right?
Well yes! Even though that fresh looking piece of broccoli looks ready to chow down on, stop and think. How did it get to the store from the farm? I am sure the farm is not right next to your local Walmart. It had to be shipped and although Amazon can ship things in two days, that is still two days on a truck. How many days did it sit in the store before you picked it up? It’s hard to say.
With all that said, frozen veggies are cheaper and just as good for you, if not better than fresh vegetables(in the store). So unless you are growing that fresh goodness in your own back yard, I will let you decide. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Parry, Lizzie. “Are Frozen Veggies Healthy? Study Suggests a Surprising Finding.” Fox News. FOX News Network, 21 Apr. 2017. Web. 10 May 2017.