Fresh vs Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Facts


fresh and frozen vegetable factsDo you have a running debate in your house over which type of vegetables or fruit to buy? Someone likes canned corn best, someone wants frozen green beans while yet someone else will only eat fresh peas. There are lots of choices when it comes to fruits and vegetables, but which is best? Are canned better than frozen? Fresh better than everything else? Some of the answers might surprise you!

Buying fresh fruits and vegetables has always seemed like the best option over canned or frozen, because it’s fresh. Right? Maybe not. If you live in an area where the produce is grown and you can purchase it when ripe, then you are probably buying produce with a high vitamin content.

If you are buying fresh produce from a grocery store, where it has to be shipped in from far away, your vitamins and nutrients may be lacking in the same items. Why? Because the fruit or vegetables need to be picked before it is ripe so it doesn’t spoil upon traveling! When a fruit or vegetable isn’t ripe before picking, it hasn’t had the chance to properly develop – meaning the vitamins are lacking.

Now what? If buying fresh produce grown in your area isn’t an option, than you can certainly buy frozen. Frozen food are picked when they are ripe and then immediately processed. This means they have the optimum level of vitamins in them before processing. However, depending on how they are processed and then cooked in your home will determine how much of those vitamins they retain.

Canned vegetables are also picked at their prime ripeness to retain vitamins and minerals, however, the cooking process for canning robs them of vitamins as well. They may also have salt or other preservatives included to give them a longer shelf life.

So if canned don’t have many vitamins, is it worth it to even buy them? Yes. Because if you can’t get fresh and don’t have time to steam frozen, buying and eating canned vegetables is still a great option. Think of it like this – instead of getting no vegetables or fruits, wouldn’t you rather have some? In this case, a little is better than nothing.

Try and mix up your diet to include as many types of locally grown fresh products as you can. When it is winter and the items are not available, then you can turn to other sources like fresh in the grocery store, frozen and canned options. And remember that it takes nine servings EVERY day to get your recommended daily servings in, no matter how you get them!

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