Rushing through a big box store with a frozen section, I grabbed a box of frozen vegetables to eat with my lunch. It was my attempt to eat more vegetables. Why? Because, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, people that eat more fruits and vegetables have lower rates of chronic diseases.
Fresh food requires the time to wash it, peel it and cut it up. The fresh Avocados I bought on sale last week will probably go bad before I can use them, because my life is so hectic right now. Buying my fruits and vegetables already washed, cut up, and in a form that can be stored until needed seems like a good way to keep vegetables on hand. Frozen food can be stored for many weeks before being eaten.
Some people insist that frozen isn’t really as healthy as fresh…tell that to my Avocados that are being ignored. They don’t look as healthy now as they did last week! And most fresh fruit and vegetables sit in my refrigerator for days and days before being eaten.
Part of the prejudice against frozen food is that frozen food is processed food. Many media outlets have written negative articles about processed food. Eating fresh unprocessed locally grown food is a wonderful ideal. Unfortunately it usually requires more effort than driving to the local grocery store. Even if locally grown recently picked food is available at your grocery store it requires preparation.
Eating Well Magazine confirms what I’ve heard before, frozen vegetables are picked and frozen at the height of ripeness when the most nutrients are in them. Unfortunately, some water soluble vitamins are diminished during the freezing process. So frozen isn’t as nutrient dense as freshly picked ripe fruits and vegetables.
Three Fat Chicks on a Diet takes the debate a step farther and says that ” frozen vegetables typically have even more nutrition than fresh vegetables.” This is because most of the fruits and vegetables sold at the grocery store are picked before their nutrient levels peak, shipped long distances, and sit losing nutrients before being eaten.
So taking into account my New Year’s Resolutions and the how hectic my life is right now… I’ve decided to try out some new frozen vegetables. What are you doing to move closer to your goals?