Food Myths #2: Frozen veggies are less nutritious than fresh veggies.
Some say Frozen veggies are less nutritious than fresh ones.
So let’s take a walk through the wild
and wonderful world of flash freezing.
First of all, when vegetables are chosen for freezing,
they’re picked at the peak of their ripeness,
which is also the peak of their nutritional value.
Before they’re frozen, they’re dunked in boiling
water and quickly cooled to preserve their
quality and to get rid of dirt and organisms.
It’s a process called blanching.
Enzymes found in veggies help them grow and
ripen but after peak ripening, these enzymes
will begin to break down the vegetables,
and reduce their nutritional value.
Blanching deactivates this enzyme induced
breakdown and only causes a slight loss of some water soluble vitamins.
When frozen, veggies will maintain their quality for a little over a year.
So thanks to that enzymatic deactivation, your
frozen veggies may be nutritionally better off
than fresh ones that have been sitting
on the shelf too long after peak ripeness.
So yeah, frozen is a go!
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