The fresh vs. frozen debate is of concern to many health-conscious
individuals. You'll be happy to learn, however, that the experts say
as long as you're getting the recommended 5 daily servings of fruits
and vegetables, it doesn't really matter how you get it.
That said, there are certain things to keep in mind when purchasing
The vitamins and nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables break down
over time as they are exposed to light and air. Considering that some
produce arrives at the grocery store up to two weeks after harvest,
and often sits on the shelf for some time thereafter, frozen produce
can actually be BETTER than "fresh" in some cases. In addition, fresh
produce may be improperly stored in transit and in-store, resulting in
lost vitamins. Don't worry too much about nutrient loss in frozen
produce: it's generally processed and flash-frozen close to the source
of harvest, retaining its nutrients.
When buying fresh produce, look for what's in season and locally
grown, as these selections will be freshest and relatively high in
nutrients. Buy your not-in-season produce frozen to keep a good
variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet while not compromising
nutritional value. Note that frozen vegetables which have been thawed
and refrozen will not be as nutritious as those kept frozen.
Finally, should you decide to entirely forego fresh produce for the
ease and convenience of frozen, rest easy - the International Food
Information Council says that fresh, frozen and canned vegetables are
basically identical in nutritional value (though canned produce is
often higher in sodium). Some people prefer the taste of fresh
produce, but if this isn't an issue for you, continue to eat your
frozen veg with a peaceful mind.
I used the following sources, which you may find of interest:
Can't Find Fresh? Canned and Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Still Count
Toward Your 'Five a Day'
Which is Best? Canned, Frozen or Fresh?
Fresh vs. Frozen vs. Canned Fruits and Veg
Diseases and Conditions - Discovery Health - Frozen Foods Versus Fresh
Medill News Service on the Web -- Frozen food companies face long haul
Nutrition in Fresh and Frozen Produce
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