Nutrition Myth: Fresh is more nutritious than frozen

The nutrition myth that fresh is more nutritious than frozen is just that. Whether your produce is fresh, frozen or canned, be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. You’re going to reap some of their nutritional benefits.

Fresh Produce

Fresh produce has a natural appeal to many people. It just sounds better than “canned” or “frozen” fruits and vegetables. But just because a food is “fresh” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s more nutritious.

Fresh produce is defined as anything that is “postharvest ripened” (if it ripens during transport) or “vine-ripened” (if it is picked and sold ripe: at a farmer’s fresh market or at a farmer’s roadside fruit stand, for instance).

Frozen Produce

Frozen produce is generally vine-ripened before undergoing minimal processing prior to freezing. Most vegetables and some fruits undergo blanching in hot water for a few minutes before freezing, in order to inactivate enzymes that may cause unfavorable changes in color, smell, flavor and nutritional value.

While there are some differences between fresh and frozen for select nutrients in select fruits and veggies, overall they have very similar nutritional content.

The Truth:

While there can be some nutrient differences between fresh and frozen produce, the overall differences are small. Pick whichever suits your taste, budget and lifestyle.