This is a common question we get from many people, especially those looking to start incorporating more healthy foods into their diet. The answer is that most frozen fruits and vegetables have just as much nutritional value as the fresh versions. Many fruits and vegetables are processed for freezing at their peak ripeness, when nutrition content is high. In addition, frozen fruits and veggies are available year-round and are often less expensive than fresh. This is a great option for those looking to eat healthy on a budget. Another benefit with frozen is there is often no need to wash, peel, cut or chop them, which can be a huge time saver. Frozen fruit can be ideal for on-the-go shakes and smoothies and frozen veggies can be easily prepared by steaming or microwaving to get the most nutritional benefit from them. The next time you’re shopping for produce, make sure you check out your frozen options as well; you may end up saving time and money while still eating healthy.
For more information, check out our Eat Healthy. Live Healthy. article in the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Life Section this week. From there, download the Des Moines Register’s Life In Action smartphone app and scan the article for a video on a comparison between common fresh and frozen foods.