Fresh fruits and veggies are tasty, but are they healthier than the frozen kind? Here’s the produce you’re actually better off buying frozen.
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Why you should buy some fruits and vegetables frozen
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, people who eat lots of fruits and vegetables also happen to be the most wasteful, according to 2018 research published in Plos One. Throwing out food never feels good, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to eat or cook fresh produce before it goes bad. To reduce food waste while also making sure you’re eating the most nutrient-dense foods, choose frozen fruits and vegetables instead. Here are the convenient options that can actually be healthier than the fresh variety.
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One of the practical reasons for buying fruits and vegetables frozen is they’re seasonal and often need to be imported from other countries. “In order for berries to be ripe by the time they get to us, they are often picked in their pre-ripe form and they further lose some of their nutrients during their long travel to your grocery store,” says Cassandra Suarez, a registered dietitian in Boston, Massachusetts. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are a better value frozen when out of season because they begin to lose their nutrients moments after being picked.
(Learn the health benefits of blueberries and strawberries.)