Have you ever wondered if frozen food is too easy to make to actually be healthy and nutritious for you? Well, it is time to debunk those frozen food myths. Freezing food is one of the most natural and important food safety technologies. Why waste time, energy and money on foods that spoil quickly when you can freeze them?
Get the Goods.
Frozen foods often get a bad rap for being processed and somehow inferior to their fresh counterparts. According to ABC News, the moment that a fruit or vegetable is picked it loses some of its nutritional value. While fresh produce is often picked long before it is ripe to allow for transportation time, fruits and vegetables that are frozen shortly after they are garnered are allowed to ripen fully before being frozen. The freezing of these ripened foods secures all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that the mature sustenance holds. Therefore frozen foods bring healthy, vitamin-packed options to your table.
What do the experts say?
Don't believe us? Here's what the professionals have to say. Scientists from Leatherhead Food Research and University of Chester conducted 40 experiments to determine the nutrient levels in foods that had been refrigerated for three days versus their frozen equals. They found that in two out of three trials, frozen fruits and vegetables contained higher levels of antioxidants.
Frozen food: healthy and safe
Not only does frozen food maintain its flavor and nutritional value, it can also reduce the risk of consuming harmful bacteria, keeping frozen food healthy. To retain their vibrant color and destroy harmful bacteria in the frozen foods, manufacturers put prepared vegetables in boiling water just before freezing.
Since preservatives aren't needed to keep frozen foods tasting fresh, consumers are most likely to find produce with no unwanted additives. No more worrying about whether or not you are eating what the package claims you're eating. In terms of frozen produce, one-word ingredients are the norm.
What about the meat?
Fish, meat and poultry have not escaped from the frozen food debate. The findings for nutritional value in frozen meat mimic those of frozen produce. Keep an eye out for the same things you would look out for in your fresh meat such as smell, fat content and crystallization to make sure that the food wasn't thawed and refrozen. CiCi Wiliamson, a food safety expert with the USDA meat and poultry hotline says, "freezing meat and poultry does not affect the nutritional value."
Faster and healthier than a Big Mac!
After a busy day, it's difficult to find the time and energy to make dinner for the family. Frozen food is a healthy and easy alternative to fast food runs or cooking from scratch. With frozen foods, you can eliminate time in the kitchen by shortening meal prep or by taking one night out of the week to prepare and freeze your family's meals. Taking advantage of frozen foods also means less time and money wasted on eating out, which is more likely to result in unhealthy meal choices.
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