Ask Relay Food’s Registered Dietitian: Are fresh or Frozen Vegetables Better for Me?

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Today, Relay’s meal-planning and recipe-developing mastermind, Rachel Patterson is taking off her apron and assuming her role as Registered Dietitian. Each week, Rachel is answering a new question in our “Ask Relay’s RD” series. Have a question for Rachel? Click here to ask in the comments!

Question: I’ve heard frozen vegetables have lower nutritional value than their fresh counterparts. True or false?

Answer: You might be surprised to learn the answer—it’s false!

Typically, frozen vegetables are picked at the peak of their season and are flash frozen immediately. This suspends the aging process, preventing nutrient loss.

Some frozen foods can actually have higher vitamin and mineral levels compared to their fresh counterparts. We all know that the consequence of buying out-of-season produce is a large carbon footprint. But did you know that it can also mean a loss of nutrients? Let’s say you live in Maryland and buy spinach in the middle of winter. The spinach you buy may travel to your plate from California. As it is transported, the spinach continues its aging process, leaking and losing precious nutrients. Click here to read entire post.

 

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