Are Frozen Or Canned Foods Better For You Than Fresh Ones?
Yes fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious for you that the frozen and canned type. Well I guess that would be correct if you counted the instance you picked them. But I researched this question that I get very often. And I have found that the foods you find in the produce section most times have had a long journey to get to where you see them. Yes, they have been freshly picked but then they are packed into crates, where they spend many days or weeks getting to you from the farm or the orchard. Now I ask you, do they stay fresh? Well, of course not, I have found during this transit or storage many natural enzymes are lost in your, so called, fresh fruits or fresh vegetables. Thus, I now know they lose valuable nutrients. Not a good thing. Let us discuss the frozen and canned fruit portion of this article.
What would preserve much of your vitamins and mineral content in your fruits and vegetables? Well, I believe that, by contrast, when your fresh picked produce are put in a quick freeze, most of your expected vitamins and mineral content are still in tact. Take for instance frozen beans; well did you know that frozen beans retain twice as much vitamin C as the fresh beans that you and I purchase to the super market? Now get this, contrary to common belief, I can now tell you with certainty that canning does not hurt fruit or vegetables, to any degree, when you think about the amounts of nutrients.
Now while processing certain canned foods with heat may reduce some levels of vitamins, in certain canned foods, such as spinach and pumpkin you might find vitamin A levels to be higher than with the fresh versions.
I will give you that as far as taste goes you will never mistake frozen fruits for fresh ones. But the technology in freezing foods has greatly closed the gap relative to tastes, too. I actually prefer using the frozen version of foods while cooking. I defy you to tell the difference. Once again, Fresh foods are not better for your health than the frozen and canned variety. Eat well to be healthy.