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  • With the advent of freezers, we're able to keep our food lasting longer than ever before.

  • But is there a difference between fresh and frozen produce in terms of nutrition?

  • Which should you be eating?

  • Your instinct may be to shout out, "Of course fresh food is better!"

  • "It's fresh!"

  • And you may be right, but it's highly dependent on the circumstances.

  • In many instances, the food you take off the shelf in a grocery store has been harvested under-ripe to avoid damage during travel time.

  • This means it hasn't yet reached its peak nutrition.

  • Furthermore, the minute it was picked, its nutritional content began to deteriorate.

  • The food is then loaded on a truck, boat or plane, travels for days, and waits on a shelf for you to choose it.

  • Afterwards, it may sit in your fridge for a few more days before being eaten.

  • Over this period of potentially weeks, the food may lose up to 50 percent of its nutritional value.

  • Frozen foods, on the other hand, are picked when they're ripe and frozen immediately.

  • And while the quick freeze process does affect some of the vitamin content, it essentially freezes, or locks, most of the nutrients in place.

  • Next to the fresh produce that has been sitting around for weeks, there's no doubt that frozen foods can contain more nutrition.

  • Particularly during the month that local produce is not in season and traveling far distances.

  • In a series of studies, after three days of storage, frozen broccoli had higher levels of Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, frozen blueberries were much higher in polyphenols and anthocyanins, and frozen sprouts scored higher on all nutrient measurements.

  • Of course, if you pick a fresh vegetable from your garden, or get it from a local farmer's market, and eat it that date, nothing can quite compare to both the nutrition and the taste.

  • But, unless you're able to shop every few days, frozen produce can be a great nutritionally comparable alternative.

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With the advent of freezers, we're able to keep our food lasting longer than ever before.

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Fresh vs Frozen Food

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2013/12/30
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