Is there a difference in frozen and fresh vegetables? I know fresh is recommended, but is frozen the same as fresh, or are there additives, preservatives or other downfalls to frozen veggies?
I have read that there is no difference as far as nutrition goes since frozen are immediately frozen upon picking. I happen to prefer the taste of fresh, but cerainly frozen is much easier to keep on hand and not have to worry about them going bad. I recently forgot I had some fresh and and had to throw them out since they did go bad. At least with frozen you can always have them on hand. I'm going to try to find some frozen that I like. So far I have found the mixed veggies are okay with me, but things like caulflower I'm not fond of. Maybe I am not cooking them properly.
Fresh is obviously the best way to eat any food. But I consider the cooking method much more important. Over-cooking vegetables destroys enzymes and reduces their nutrient value significantly. Microwaving is the most damaging of all. Steaming seems to be the least damaging but all cooking damages food to some extent.
Frozen veggies are usualy fresher than 'fresh" ones, becuse they are frozen within hours of being picked
A recent study (conducted by H J Heinz) in New Zealand showed that frozen broccoli stored for 3 months in a freezer had doublt the vitamin c content of "fresh" broccoli, picked and transported to a store in 3 days
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It's my understanding that many frozen vegetables have a higher nutritional value because they are immediately frozen, locking in many of the nutrients fresh vegetables excrete while sitting in the store.
Fresh out your own garden is best if you can manage/organise it. Nothing tastes nicer than picking your own just before lightly steaming it for the meal & the nutritional value must be at it's peak just after picking.
A few things can be grown in tubs to save space- I have done this with tomatoes & various herbs quite successfully. Once the planting is done, very little time & effort is needed.