Are frozen food healthy for you
26 Sep

You may think Frozen food are unhealthy.. But take a look !

Deep frozen food products that can be stored and used over a long time period are referred as frozen foods. Extensively used frozen food products include frozen ready-to-eat meals, fruits & vegetables, meat & poultry, sea food, soups, parathas (Indian Bread), Roti’s and similar others.

We typically eat only one-third of the recommended daily intake (three servings instead of nine) of fruits and vegetables. Recent studies found that there is no difference in nutrition between frozen produce and fresh produce. Frozen food may be even more healthy than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets, says Gene Lester, Ph.D., a plant physiologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Center in Weslaco, Texas. Have you ever wondered, Why? Fruits and vegetables chosen for freezing tend to be processed at their peak ripeness, a time when as a general rule they are most nutrient-packed. Food is frozen at a stage where our body can get maximum nutrition.

On the other hand, fruits and vegetables destined to be shipped to the fresh-produce aisles around the country typically are picked before they are ripe, which gives them less time to develop a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals. Outward signs of ripening may still occur, but these vegetables will never have the same nutritive value as if they had been allowed to fully ripen on the vine. In addition, during the long haul from farm to fork, fresh fruits and vegetables are exposed to lots of heat and light, which degrade some nutrients, especially delicate vitamins like C and the B vitamin thiamin.

Freezing fruits, vegetables and prepared meals reduces the need for additives and preservatives. Freezing is a natural way to keep food safe by preventing microorganisms from growing and by slowing down the enzyme activity that causes food to spoil.

Frozen foods are often lower in cost-per-serving and have a much greater shelf life than fresh or refrigerated foods, helping reduce food spoilage and waste. Frozen fruits, vegetables and prepared meals can be used when needed and portioned accordingly. Unused product can be placed back in the freezer for later use instead of being thrown away.

Frozen food makes a busy person’s life much easier than buying fresh produce and involve in longer hours of cooking. Frozen produce requires fewer trips to the supermarket and they’re definitely preferable to canned goods. Finally, steam or microwave rather than boil your produce to minimize the loss of water-soluble vitamins. Frozen is just as good or better than fresh. Go frozen!

 

 

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