Products may be a better option than fresh foods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from longer shelf life, researchers have found that frozen fruits and also vegetables could also provide more nutrients.
Producers preserve vegetables and fruits immediately after a harvest. The process mainly can helps retain vitamins in the frozen food.
"There is good evidence that frozen food is just as nutritious as fresh food since freezing 'locks in' nutrients,". Please be mine, that frozen vegetables and fruits count just as much towards their 5-a-day as fresh equivalents, and that frozen fish counts just as much as fresh fish towards their recommended two weekly portions."
Reported by researchers backed the idea that frozen of foods can be as healthy as fresh products. The team previously found that "frozen was as good as fresh" and in some case the well preserved products even had more nutritional value.
Problems With Fresh Product
Delivering the products to stores affects its quality and health benefit. Long travel times could make fresh vegetables less nutrient dense than frozen product.
Researchers also reported that vegetables immediately lose some of its nutrients after being harvested. Vitamin C is known to be fragile and the first to decline in the products.
Freezing is the "best preservation method for retaining nutrients. The process can helps producers maintain the maximum amount of key vitamins in vegetables and fruits.
"It's important to remember that the fiber, protein and mineral content of frozen food is generally the same as its fresh equivalents - so frozen food is just as nutritious as fresh, and in some cases more!" the nutritionist said.
Another benefit of buying frozen food is lower food waste. Reasons why, consumers can take only what they need per meal and put the rest in the freezer for future use.
However, it is important to know that freezing also has some negative effects on food. Some nutrients may decline during the blanching process and when the food is stored longer.
@ Jackie San