When the freezer was invented (the first working vapour-compression fridge was built in 1834) it completely changed the way that we prepared and ate food forever.
Because of this great invention we can now purchase and use a variety of foods anytime we want to and this has inevitably led to people keeping frozen fruit and vegetables in their freezer as an easy and convenient option.
But is it bad to rely on frozen fruit and vegetables as your main source of produce?
Let’s have a look at some of the facts for you now and in the end you can decide if its bad to eat frozen fruits and vegetables.
What are the benefits of frozen fruit and vegetables?
Convenience is one obvious benefit of stocking up your freezer with frozen produce (and frozen smoothie cubes too!).
You can grab a bag from your local supermarket whenever you need to, but there are three other benefits of choosing frozen fruit and vegetables:
1. Nutrient content
It’s a common misconception that frozen produce is less nutritious than fresh.
But when farmers freeze fruit and veggies, the nutrients are locked in.
This process can maintain higher levels of heat-sensitive nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C and antioxidants for longer.
In fact, research has found that 66% of frozen produce contains more vitamin C and a variety of antioxidants compared to fresh produce kept in the fridge for 3 days.
There are two ways that frozen can be the more affordable option for produce.
Frozen produce tends to be cheaper than fresh produce.
This is because it takes much longer to spoil and is often harvested at the peak of the season for that fruit or vegetable.
Frozen produce can also minimise food waste.
As they generally last for 3 months in the freezer, frozen options are less likely to ‘go off’ compared to fresh options that may last a week or less and this has to be good for your back pocket.
One last benefit of frozen fruit and vegetables is that they are available year-round.
You can purchase frozen mango cheeks in the middle of winter if you want to and add them as an extra in your Super Cubes frozen smoothies or add them on top of your frozen smoothie bowl.
What are the downsides of frozen fruit and vegetables?
Although there are so many benefits of using frozen fruit and vegetables, there are also a few downsides to consider.
1. Cooking methods can affect nutrient levels
Most frozen vegetables will require some form of cooking before you can eat them.
However, common cooking methods such as boiling may reduce the levels of some of the heat-sensitive nutrients such as vitamin C.
If you are relying on frozen vegetables as a major source of produce for yourself, try to lightly steam, sauté or stir-fry them rather than boiling the hoo-hah out of them for an hour.
2. Not all produce can be frozen
Ever noticed that you’ve never seen frozen lettuce or similar in your supermarket freezer?
Well there certainly is a reason for this.
Some vegetables don’t freeze well and this is due mainly to their high water content.
So if you’re relying on frozen vegetables, you might miss out on some great veggie options.
Now if we can just work on a reason for not having frozen brussel sprouts we will be onto a winner.
3. Freezing may alter taste and texture
Because freezing may affect the water content of some foods, it may also alter the taste and texture a little too.
Here at Super Cubes we put a lot of time and effort into our frozen nutrient smoothie cubes as they are a Farm to Factory frozen product.
We consider things like visual presentation, smell, texture, mouth feel, after taste, mixing, also the stability of our frozen cubes and more, well before they make their way to your blender.
So these concerns are taken care of thoroughly through Super Cubes product development stages.
4. Frozen produce sometimes isn’t always Australian-grown
Unlike fresh produce, the distance that frozen produce travels isn’t restricted by time.
This means that your frozen peas may have been in a frozen container travelling from Chile or your frozen berries might be travelling in frozen first class from Europe over a period of time.
Rest assured, at Super Cubes we have you covered extensively in regards to sourcing ingredients for our formulas and we use mix of Australian and imported ingredients which have to adhere to our high integrity standards and industry standard manufacturing protocols.
What we look for in our ingredient suppliers are quality, also consistency of supply and we also have extensive safety protocols pre / post production for ingredients and batches that include x-ray tests and lab tests.
So no matter where our ingredients are sourced from, they are scrutinised in the same way.
Finding the balance between frozen and fresh
So, is it bad to mainly eat frozen fruit and vegetables?
No, we don’t think so.
The key is finding where the balancing point is when it comes to eating frozen fruit and frozen vegetables.
When it comes to your health, we think it’s best to consume a variety of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables throughout your day if you can.
That way, you know you know you’ll be getting the best of both worlds.
If you consume only frozen vegetables, you might want to look at how you prepare them and make a few different decisions around this point.
You’ll also want to consider where the frozen produce originates from sometimes too, Australian grown is always a great choice but if you don’t have a choice, there are still good quality overseas suppliers too (some fruit and vegetables can’t even be grown in Australia, let alone year round!).
And if you’re looking for an easy way to get fruit and vegetables into your daily diet, why not get some Super Cubes for your freezer.
Easy, convenient and great tasting too!