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Some of us have been raised to believe that frozen food isn't as good for you as fresh food. But is it really "bad" for you?
TastyMoments has done some digging and discovered the TRUTH. And it may surprise you.
Is Frozen Food Loaded With Preservatives?
In short, the answer is no. In fact, freezing the food IS the preservative. This means that frozen foods most often contain fewer preservatives than its shelf-stable counterparts. Preservatives like sugar and salt (among many others) are used to create “unfriendly” environments so that bacteria cannot thrive and accelerate the food decay process. That’s why there is so much sugar and salt in a packet of crisps – how else can it remain “fresh” on shelves for months? Another way of preserving food without using too much salt, sugar and chemicals, is simply to freeze it. The basic science is that bacteria cannot grow in freezing temperatures, and the product remains stable.
Are Frozen Veggies Good For You?
Another surprise! The answer is a resounding yes. Frozen veggies are often more nutritious than fresh vegetables. Fresh veggies are harvested and then sent on a long journey from the farm, to the shop, to your table. During that time, the nutritional components in fresh fruits and veggies can start breaking down – which often means that you’re getting a rather “old” fresh vegetable. Frozen vegetables are picked and frozen straight away – so the vitamins and minerals are immediately locked-in. To offset the long journey of fresh produce, farmers often treat their goods with preservatives to keep them fresher for longer. So, frozen veggies are most often more healthy and nutritious than their fresh friends, especially when you’re buying produce out of season.
Is Frozen Food More Expensive?
It’s another NOPE. If one considers the amount of fresh food waste that a household can produce, frozen foods allow you to keep it in the freezer and use only what you need, when you need it. Furthermore, most retailers charge a premium for freshly chopped vegetables that makes one dish, for example. When one compares this to a frozen pack of veggies, which usually delivers several portions, frozen is a lot more affordable. So it’s generally cheaper and less wasteful in the long run.
Is It Bad That Frozen Food Is More Convenient?
We’ve established that the process of freezing does not affect the nutritional components of food. A delicious frozen cheesecake has the same ingredients, calories and fats as when it’s at an ambient temperature. Healthy foods remain healthy when frozen. So if you’re choosing to eat healthy frozen foods, it’s just as good as eating fresh, healthy food. If you want to treat yourself with a dessert (we suggest you try Dr. Oetker’s Patisserie Baked Cheesecakes) or a pizza – frozen or fresh – you will still be consuming the same thing. So frozen foods aren’t bad because they’re frozen. Foods are either healthy or less-so from the outset. Being frozen has nothing to do with it. It’s up to you to choose frozen options that suit your diet and health needs.
And there you have it. The truth is, frozen food is ideal for our waste-conscious, fast-paced lifestyles and can become your best friend in the kitchen. Enjoy!
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