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Fresh vs Frozen Veggies: Which is better?
When shopping for fruits and vegetables, people often think that bypassing the freezer aisle is a healthier option. However, new research by the Dietitians Association of Australians shown that a mixture of both may be much better, for our bodies and the environment.
Freezing is a great way to reduce waste
If you find that you end up buying too many fruits and vegetables and they don’t last you through the whole week, it may be a good idea to pick up some frozen veggies from the supermarket or to freeze the vegetables and fruits that are starting to wilt.
In addition, freezing your own fruit and vegetables means that you’ll have some ingredients ready in the freezer and you won’t be wasting food by throwing them away when they start to overripe.
Some frozen veggies have a higher nutritional value
In some recent studies it has been found that antioxidant levels in frozen produce can be higher in certain fruits and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables included broccoli with higher levels of vitamin C when frozen, carrots with three times more lutein when compared to fresh carrots and blueberries with more vitamin C and antioxidants when frozen.
This may be a result of frozen veggies being prepared shortly after being picked, however “fresh” produce is often shipped from other locations with little preservation, therefore they lose some nutritional value. Alternatively, FreshPaper sheets can help you keep you produce fresher for longer by using natural ingredients to prevent mould and bacteria keeping your fruit & veg crisp, fresh and nutritional for 2-4 times longer.
Frozen can have downsides too
Sometimes frozen vegetables that are not prepared at home are blanched to preserve the colour of the vegetable and to kill harmful bacteria. This can denature some vitamins like vitamin C and the vitamin B complex. In addition to this, some vegetables exhibit loss of antioxidant strength due to freezing.
Fresh fruits are often a better alternative as many frozen fruits can contain additives like sugar and sodium as well as preservatives. It is best to check the packaging and ingredients list before buying frozen fruits to avoid some of the nastier additives, or simply buy or pick your own fruit and freeze it at home if it is getting too ripe.
So, what should you put in your trolley?
If you’re a weekly shopper, buying fresh fruit and vegetables is the better option. Add a piece of FreshPaper as soon as you unpack your groceries and keep your produce fresh for the week (and longer).