One study examined the vitamin content of eight different fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits: blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn, green beans, peas, spinach and strawberry nutrition. Overall, there was no difference between frozen and fresh items. At times, the frozen even had more nutrients. (1)

Another study found that folate levels, or B vitamins, in frozen vs. fresh vegetables had negligible differences, even after several months in the freezer. (2)

Another bonus of eating frozen vegetables and fruits is that fresh produce often spend days or even weeks in transit from a farm to a store to your refrigerator, where they’ll sometimes sit for a few days before being consumed. Because of this, produce is often picked before it’s fully ripened, cutting short the time these vegetables and fruits need to fully mature and develop all the nutritional goodies they have to offer.

Frozen vegetables and fruits, on the other hand, are usually picked at the height of their ripeness, when they’re bursting with vitamins and minerals. They’re then snap-frozen, locking in nutrients at their finest hour.

Other Considerations:  Buy local organic fruits & veggies wherever possible, and also remember the Dirty Dozen List and to always buy those organic!  

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