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Produce - Fresh or Frozen? Answer - Yes!
Created on 2/21/2014

When it comes to produce, a common question comes up - fresh or frozen?

Most people respond that fresh is always better -

and that's not necessarily true.

Whether your produce is fresh or frozen, the nutrient content is essentially the same.

That's right - just because your green beans or strawberries are frozen does not mean that they have lost their nutritional value (or good taste).

You may prefer to shop the fresh produce aisles, and for good reason - everything looks so colorful and delicious! You simply pick out what you'd like to serve, wash the vegetables and fruits when you get home, and soon you can enjoy a tasty and healthful treat.

The only difference with frozen produce is that at least a small amount of additional preparation is needed. But the foods are just as healthy for you.

With one word of caution -

be sure to read labels carefully.

You may see frozen, prepared produce items that are seasoned or have other ingredients added. Some of these products are very high in sodium, sugar and even fat.

Simpler is often better - you can season your foods to taste, and more healthily, at home yourself.

Another bonus to frozen produce is that you can get foods that are out of season. You can even buy frozen organic produce.

So the answer to the question about whether fresh or frozen produce is healthier for you is, well, YES!

They can both be good for you.

Enjoy, and be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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