What is in this article?:
- Which has more vitamins, fresh or frozen fruits and veggies?
- Study took consumer's point of view
- A University of Georgia team used a grant from the Frozen Food Foundation to look at selected vitamin and mineral content of fresh and frozen blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, corn, spinach, cauliflower and green peas.
- "The vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables degrade over time, and we found that frozen fruits and vegetables may offer more nutrition than fresh, when storage is taken into account," said the study's lead.
A UNIVERSITY of Georgia study shows that some frozen fruits and vegetables retain higher levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and of folates than fruits and vegetables that had been stored unfrozen for five days.
Study took consumer's point of view
"This particular study was designed from the point of view of the consumer, and it's one of the first to take into account the way people buy and store produce," Pegg said.
"Freezing is nature's pause button," he said. "It helps maintain the nutritional value of fresh vegetables, even during storage."
Frozen vegetables are able to maintain more of their nutritional value because they are blanched shortly after being taken from farmers' fields. This stops the enzymatic reactions that can break down many nutrients. Freezing also slows the enzymatic breakdown of fruits, which are not blanched, and decreases microbial break down.
The study, completed this fall, was funded by a grant from the Frozen Food Foundation. Pegg's past work has focused on measuring the available antioxidants and nutrients in commodities such as pecans, muscadines, peanuts, lentils, coffee and other products.