Misconceptions About Frozen Food

Misconceptions About Frozen Food

Misconceptions About Frozen Food

Many misconceptions surround frozen foods and give them a negative rep. Can you decipher fact from fiction when it comes to frozen versus fresh food?

Claim #1: Frozen vegetables are less nutritious than fresh veggies.

False.

Consumers often presume fresh foods, especially produce, is the healthy choice. But there is ongoing research that helps debunk this frozen food myth.

A study compared nutrient status of vitamin C, provitamin A, and folate in fresh, frozen, and fresh-stored produce. "Fresh-stored" produce mimicked typical consumer storage following purchase, or five days of refrigeration.

Frozen produce outperformed "fresh-stored" more than "fresh-stored" outperformed frozen. The results suggest frozen produce is more nutritious than its 5-day, fresh-stored counterpart in some situations.

Another study found overall vitamin content of frozen commodities was comparable to and occasionally higher than that of their fresh counterparts.

Claim #2: Frozen food is not as fresh as fresh food.

False.

"Fresh" food may be suggestive, but frozen should not be instantly synonymous with unfresh.

Fresh produce naturally ripens throughout transportation, which causes them to lose moisture, become susceptible to spoilage, and decline in nutritional value.

Likewise, if considering the stages of seafood, from being caught in remote locations of the ocean to being sold at the market, it is slowly spoiling.

When frozen, on the other hand, produce is harvested at its most ripe stage and quickly frozen to preserve its freshness and nutritional value. Seafood is also frozen within hours of being caught, preserving its flavor and nutritional value until prepared.

Claim #3: Frozen meals can be environmentally-friendly.

True.

Frozen food can actually lessen the amount of spoiled food that is thrown away. It can be divided into the correct portion sizes, including single servings, and can last much longer than a few days.

Food manufacturers often use environmentally safe packages to transport meals.

Claim #4: All frozen foods contain unwanted ingredients and preservatives.

False.

You might be imagining frozen food loaded with added sugar, saturated fat, sodium, and other unnecessary additives.

While some frozen foods do contain unwanted ingredients, just like unfrozen foods, others are prepared and packaged in their most natural form.

Since these foods often use flash-frozen technology, the need for preservations is eliminated.