Which is best?
With life becoming increasingly frantic, frozen vegies are a very convenient healthy meal option stashed in many freezers. But are they as good for us as fresh vegies? The answer might surprise you…
In many cases, frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh vegetables.
Some fresh vegetables spend days, even weeks, in transit from farm to market to fridges, where they can then sit for a few days. During this time, many nutrient levels decrease.
Frozen vegetables are usually snap frozen very soon after harvest. The nutrients are 'locked in' during this process, meaning you can quite easily have more nutrients in a frozen vegetable than in its 'fresh' counterpart.
The fibre content in vegies doesn't deteriorate as easily as vitamins meaning that week-old fresh vegies still have fibre value despite lowered vitamin levels, freezing doesn't affect the fibre content either.
While in-season vegetables that are picked from a home garden or farm close to where they're sold will have the highest amount of nutrients, this isn't always an option, in which case, frozen vegetables are a great alternative. Always check the ingredients to make sure you're just buying vegetables and no other added nasties.
Frozen vegetables can sometimes be soggy and don't always taste as nice as fresh vegetables but they are conveneint to have in the freezer and work well in some dishes.
Cooking methods affect nutrient levels more than anything else...
How you cook your vegies is much more important than whether they are fresh or frozen.
Boiling your vegies in large pots of water for long periods of time enables the vitamins leach out into the water.
Our recommended cooking methods are;
- Use as little water as possible
- Cook for a shorter amount of time
- Steam vegies