Ask the Weight Loss Expert – William Audren
Fresh vs Frozen Fruit
As winter approaches, fresh fruit is limited or expensive in our area. This forces many of us to turn to frozen options. Recent studies have showed that in some cases, frozen is better than “fresh”. Researchers have also found that frozen fruit is packed with higher levels of antioxidants and nutrients.
Fruit chosen for freezing tends to be processed at its peak ripeness when it is most nutrient-packed. On the contrary, “fresh” fruit may have been harvested and held in storage for a month or more. When fruit is grown 1,500 miles away and has to travel by truck to get to us, it may have been harvested before it has reached its nutritional peak and then artificially ripened during storage. This fruit will never have the same nutritive value as if it had been allowed to fully ripen naturally. In addition, during the long haul from the farm to our kitchen, fresh fruit is exposed to heat and light, which degrades some nutrients, especially delicate vitamins like C and B. Also, several preservatives can be added to keep this “fresh” fruit looking great, whereas freezing the fruit preserves the nutrients, so no unwanted preservatives are needed in bags of frozen fruit, such as blueberries and strawberries.
When fruit is in-season, buy it fresh and ripe. When “Off-season,” frozen fruit will give you a higher concentration of nutrients over “fresh” fruit that has traveled and been stored for long periods of time.