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Do Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Contain More Vitamins?

Author: name From: name Modify: Jun. 17, 2020
May. 05, 2022

"Frozen fruits and vegetables contain more vitamins than fresh ones." Sure, you've heard this claim before, but is there any truth to it? We took a closer look at fruits and vegetables, and this is what we learned.

Frozen Mandarin Oranges

Fresh or Frozen

Is there anything better than fresh fruit and vegetables? But just because it's not frozen, doesn't mean it's fresh. Fruits and vegetables often need to be transported long distances from the field to the supermarket. This is especially harmful to sensitive vitamins like vitamin C (found in bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and citrus fruits). Harsh temperature and light conditions combined with exposure to oxygen can lead to rapid loss of vitamin C. 

Fruits and vegetables stored at room temperature can lose up to 20% of their daily vitamin C content; it's much less in the refrigerator. Fiber and mineral content (e.g., iron) remain stable and do not decrease after prolonged storage or cooking.

Frozen Gooseberry

Frozen Gooseberry

Freezing is a good option

When fruits and vegetables are harvested frozen, they are picked as they ripen and flash frozen immediately. This reduces the loss of nutrients.

If you buy fruits and vegetables and don't eat them right away, you should choose frozen. Frozen foods contain more vitamins and minerals than fresh produce stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. One study confirmed that foods rich in vitamin C - such as broccoli or green beans - are particularly sensitive to loss of nutritional value.

Another study showed that the antioxidant content of frozen blueberries was even higher than that of fresh blueberries after three weeks. An uninterrupted cold chain is the key to frozen foods. This means you should take your produce home from the supermarket as soon as possible, preferably in an insulated bag. 

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How they are processed

The amount of vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables when consumed depends on how they are processed. Steamed or stewed vegetables are better than boiled vegetables. You can also eat them raw in a crunchy salad.  

Another option is to ferment certain types of vegetables (such as sauerkraut or kimchi). Fermented foods can be preserved in a way that makes them more nutritious than fresh foods. 

In any case, fruits are usually eaten fresh. If you want to eat seasonal fruits such as cherries, peaches or pears throughout the year, you can make preserves. Vitamins will not be lost in large quantities, but remember that fruit preserves will not last forever. Make sure you use them within a year. Jars should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place and should be sealed. 

IQF Strawberry Whole

A well-balanced diet should include fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. Pay attention to the season and growing area of fresh produce. Try to avoid long transport routes where nutrients are lost. AGRILINKS sells a wide variety of frozen fruits and vegetables, and whatever you want we can accommodate you.

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