30 March 2020
Frozen foods such as fruits and vegetables are a popular choice in busy households because they are usually quicker to prepare and require less clean up afterwards. But are we sacrificing nutrition for the sake of convenience? Let's weigh up the pros and cons.
On the surface, it may seem like fresh produce would provide more nutritional value than frozen. After all, aren't fresh foods, well, fresher? The answer is yes and no. It all depends on where they were picked, how long they have been in transit for, and whether or not they are in season.
Fresh produce loses a lot of its nutritional value if it is out of season or imported. The nutrition in frozen fruit and vegetables tend to be well-preserved due to the fast freezing process. We also waste less frozen foods, and they are more convenient.
Seasonality plays an essential factor in nutritional content. Plants that are grown in season rather than being forced on in greenhouses or polytunnels are much more abundant in vitamins and minerals. They have a better flavour and texture too.
The very best option for nutritional value is to buy fresh, locally grown produce that is in season, and only purchase the amount you know you will consume.
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