When shopping for fruit and vegetables, we go for fresh fruits or vegetables, because, we believe they are good for our health. But, some people like to buy frozen foods rather than fresh, do you know why?
According to dietitians and nutritionists, frozen food is low in price and also easier to prepare after a long day of work. Surprisingly, it also good for your health.
Speaking to FEMAIL, dietitian Lyndi Cohen shared the foods that are good buying frozen and why.
After a tiring day of work, you come home and you would not like to go to the kitchen I am sure. Chopping vegetables and preparing food can be stressful for you.
But, if you have a bag of chopped frozen vegetables in your refrigerator, everything is easy.
‘Fresh vegetables are not necessarily healthier than frozen vegetables. Once harvested, vegetables start to lose nutrients and antioxidants,’ Lyndi told FEMAIL.
‘Frozen vegetables are mostly “snap frozen”, an almost instantaneous freezing process designed to preserve nutrients.
‘This keeps the vegetables fresh.’
‘When you defrost them at home, there’s been minimal loss of nutrients so even though the produce has been frozen, it’s incredibly fresh.’
Fresh mixed berries can be pricey, but if you buy them frozen they can be a little cheaper.
‘Fresh berries are great when they’re in season and a great way to support local farmers,’ Lyndi said.
‘But when berries aren’t in season, you can buy them frozen and they will be just as good for you.’
Lyndi said berries are high in antioxidants, which means they’re good for both your skin health and heart health.
The process of chopping onions is annoying, but Lyndi said that frozen diced onions are simple to cook and also healthier than fresh onions.
Dietitian says, adding peas, corn, and carrots to your meals is an easy way to add more vegetables to your diet.
Frozen variety is just as good for you as fresh options.
‘I love to add frozen peas, corn, and carrot to make my five-minute healthy fried rice,’ Lyndi said.
‘Use one of the frozen pouches of rice also in the freezer and you’ve got a healthy meal in moments.’
According to Lyndi, tomatoes are a great option to buy frozen.
‘Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a nutrient that has been shown to be great for heart health,’ she said.
‘During processing, some nutrients can be lost but when you freeze foods you help to lock in the nutrient value.’
The dietitian says you can buy tomatoes in bulk and freeze them to use throughout the year.
‘Another option is to use tinned tomatoes for a healthy hit of lycopene,’ Lyndi said.
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