Are Fruits And Veggies Better Bought Fresh Or Frozen?

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Are Fruits And Veggies Better Bought Fresh Or Frozen?

Written by: Brandi Monasco

For a few years there has been a lot of speculation about the differences between fresh fruit and vegetables versus frozen fruit and vegetables. While one person may say fresh is always the best, another person may disagree with you and say that frozen is the best.

So, which is it? Is fresh better or is frozen better?

Fresh Fruit And Vegetables

Fresh fruit and vegetables are usually picked before they are fully ripe. Picking them before they are fully ripe allows them to ripen to the fullest while they are being transported. However, being picked early does not give the fruit or vegetables enough time to develop their full range of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

When the fresh fruits and vegetables are being transported, they are usually being transported in a cold and controlled truck that can oftentimes be treated with chemicals that help to prevent spoiling. Transportation of the fresh fruits and vegetables can sometimes take up to 3 days before they reach the store.

Once the fruit and vegetables arrive at the store, they could spend 1 to 3 days on display before they are purchased. And then another couple of days, sometimes up to seven days, before they are eaten.

The short version: Fresh fruit and vegetables that you purchase from your supermarket or grocery store are picked too early and can be short of their nutrients and vitamins that make those fruits and vegetables healthy. Often times, many of the fruit and vegetables that you pick up from your supermarket could have been picked too early several weeks ago, therefore, losing most of their nutrients.

Frozen Fruit And Vegetables

While buying frozen fruit and vegetables can be more economical for your family and actually save you a few dollars, purchasing frozen fruit and vegetables can also be more nutritious. Frozen fruit and vegetables are usually picked when they reach their peak of ripeness, which means that they have all of their nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.

Once the fruit and vegetables have been picked, they are washed and blanched, which means they are plunged into boiling water to kill bacteria for a minute or two and then stuck immediately into ice water. Then they are cut, frozen and packaged all within a matter of a few hours. This process is called flash frozen, which helps to lock in the vitamins and minerals of the fruit and vegetable.

The short version: Purchasing frozen vegetables can save you time and money and can even provide you with more nutrients and vitamins than what a fresh fruit or vegetable can. However, when it comes to frozen fruit and vegetables, it is always best to make sure to purchase bags of fruit and vegetables that state that they have been “flash frozen.” This is because many bags, depending on the brand and manufacturer, that have not been flash frozen could contain preservatives and added sugars, making these fruit and vegetables not healthy.

What are your thoughts on the differences between fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables? Do you have a particular preference? Share with us in the comments below!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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