Fresh vs. Frozen Produce: Which Fruits and Vegetables are Best?
Let’s compare fresh vs. frozen produce as well as canned produce. If you are trying to eat healthier, you are probably including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. However, shopping for groceries can be confusing with the amount of selection available. This blog covers the differences between fresh, canned and frozen fruits, and what to purchase when.
fresh vs. frozen produce
1. fresh vs. frozen produce. Fresh is not necessarily better. Fresh produce is fantastic, but surprisingly, frozen produce is just as nutritious and may be less expensive. Frozen fruit is also a good option when purchasing fruit out of season. You can stock up on frozen produce when it is on sale. Just look for fruit frozen without any added juices or sugars, and for plain frozen vegetables. You can add seasoning while cooking at home.
2. Canned produce can be healthy. Canned fruit can often be a nutrition trap, if it is packed in sugar. Canned vegetables often have added salt. However, canned produce can be a good option. Just look for fruit with “no sugar added” or “packed in its own juices”. For vegetables, look for labels that indicate there is “no salt added” or that a product is “low sodium”.
3. Dried fruit as a healthy snack. Dried fruit can be a healthy snack on the go, but watch out for several nutrition traps. It is higher in calories, so try pairing a handful of dried fruit with nuts and seeds for a portable, filling snack. Again, look for dried fruit without any added sugar. If you are sensitive to sulfites, check the label for sulfite, which is often used a preservative.
When shopping for fruits and vegetables, keep these guidelines in mind. There are many options for fresh, frozen, canned and dried produce on the grocery shelves, and you can find fruits and vegetables that suit your family’s needs and budget. Use these guidelines to add more healthy fruits and vegetables to your day.
If you have further questions about this, you can meet with our Health Coaches and/or our Registered Dietitian.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach