Today on Vegetables Nutrition, I will introduce a few interesting facts about frozen vegetables to help us make THE RIGHT CHOICE when going to the store to get our produce. Some of us only get frozen vegetables, while others are even too strict on their diet, getting only raw vegetables, or eating only raw food. Every nutrition has it’s pros and cons, and these are the things I will address today:
- What nutrients are in frozen produce
- The natural way of things
- The Benefits of frozen
These are the most basic things we need to understand when making the decision of what are we putting into our mouths and our body. Sure, there is a lot more to it, but as I always say, you start a journey by taking the first step. So let’s go.
Vegetables nutrition: what Nutrients Survive Freezing
I always like to write my posts on vegetables nutrition based on scientific studies. but before I go with the scientific facts, lets just think here for a second - fruits and vegetables have seasons, and the produce that naturally grows in the winter is not the same that grows in the summer. It doesn’t take a “big” scientist to understand that some life forms are not supposed to be there when it’s 90 degrees, and others when it’s 30. but let us put it aside for a moment, and look at what “father-science” has to say.
Studies about nutrients have been made by many different teams, and unfortunately, most of them are bios, getting their pay cheques from non other then the manufacturers who want to sell. How ever, there is enough information out there to know the simple facts – some nutrients simply don’t deal well with freezing. Now get this – not only is it frozen, in order to eat it, it must be boiled, thus we lose:
We are left with pretty much an empty shell. It is not always like that, but I strongly recommend reading this post about Raw vs. cooked vegetables.
Vegetables nutrition and The Benefits of frozen:
Frozen vegetables have their place and time. I am not trying to bash it and say it is an evil form of food. I obviously recommend eating fruits and vegetables which are in season, fresh, and from the organic market, directly from the field to the plate, BUT, frozen veggies are sometimes the way to go:
- Available even when fresh is not there
- Easy to store away for times you didn’t make it to the store on time
- Usually easy to prepare and come with recipes
- Sometimes cheaper then other produce
- Better this then simple processed junk
Sure, Frozen vegetables have many advantages, and there is a time for every thing. I’m always about diversity and not taking things to the extreme. If you can’t get your hands on fresh produce, it is better that you pop a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts then a bag of chips. Hope this got you focused on the pros and cons of frozen Vegetables Nutrition.