Fresh Vegetable vs Frozen Vegetable Debate
We all know frozen vegetables are cheaper, but are they even a healthy choice? The answer might surprise you.
Do you love fresh vegetables? Do you have trouble incorporating them into your diet? Do you buy them fresh with every intention to cook them but then toss them because they went bad? How about frozen vegetables? Have they been in your freezer for weeks, because you don’t know what to do with them?
Are Frozen Vegetables as Healthy as Fresh?
According to studies, when nutrients (vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folate) found in fresh vegetables were compared against frozen vegetables, no significant findings were found. In fact, frozen vegetables were found to surpass fresh vegetables more often. When fresh vegetables are stored in the fridge for more than a few days, vitamins are lost, whereas frozen vegetables retain their nutrients due to being flash-frozen at their peak.
As you can see, frozen vegetables still have valuable nutrients! However, some people find when cooking frozen vegetables that they can get soft and mushy and lose their flavor. Try cooking frozen vegetables in different ways to mask the soft texture. This can inspire you to try new recipe ideas and/or cuisines that you may not have thought of! For instance, leafy greens like spinach, chard, and collard greens would go wonderfully in a lentil or chicken soup or a beef stew. Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots would be a great addition to a stir-fry or would make a delicious, creamy soup, especially in the colder months!
Vegetables are key to a healthy diet, and now you don’t have to worry whether you choose fresh or frozen. They are both good options for your diet. How you choose to cook them can take them from good to great!
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