Do you know the difference between fresh fruits and vegetables and their frozen counterparts?
While they start out the same, fresh fruits and vegetables may be picked prior to peak ripeness so they can ripen during transportation to stores.
Fruits and vegetables that are going to be frozen are picked when they are at their most ripe; washed, possibly blanched (usually tougher vegetables like broccoli), and flash frozen to inactivate the enzymes that result in them going bad.
While frozen fruits and vegetables may be slightly softer in texture when thawed, they have equivalent nutrient content to their fresh counterparts and allow people access to delicious produce all year round.
Here are some of the many benefits of frozen fruits and vegetables:
- Long shelf life
- Less waste – thaw just what you need
- Access to produce outside of regular growing season
- Minimally processed
- Time saving
- Just as nutritious as fresh counterparts
- Can lead to quicker, healthier dinners
- Reduces your stress in the kitchen
You will hear a lot of talk about whether fresh is better than frozen, but the reality is not everyone has access to fresh vegetables all year round.
Knowing the benefits of frozen vegetables can help you make the choices that support your nutrition goals when shopping!
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