It is common for us to wonder at some point if frozen foods, especially fruits and vegetables, tend to lose benefits and nutritional properties. We answer this question.
Within a healthy and balanced diet, it is essential and essential to consume fruits and vegetables every day, which stand out for being extremely healthy foods and rich in essential nutrients, essential for the proper functioning of our body.
Many nutritionists advise consuming at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, as a way to enjoy a healthy and balanced diet as well as possible. And, as you know, fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, water, fiber, in short, all those macro and micronutrients that we need every day.
But in our daily life, in our day to day, it is common for some related doubts to assail us, especially after the increase in the sale of frozen vegetables. And is that these tend to lose nutritional benefits when frozen?
Is it true that frozen fruits and vegetables lose benefits?
There is some controversy in this regard, since although originally the opposite tends to be thought, the truth is that frozen fruits and vegetables offer the same essential benefits and nutrients.
Why? Mainly because these foods have been blanched (that is, cooked in boiling water or steamed for a very short period of time) and frozen within hours of being selected at their best moment of freshness.
This in the case that they are blanched on fire, because if they are frozen as is, their nutritional qualities are practically maintained. Furthermore, the loss of nutrients is considered to be almost imperceptible.
On the other hand, it is true that frozen foods tend to lose some organoleptic properties, not only in terms of external appearance but also in flavor. That is to say, it is common for its flavor to be somewhat more neutral, and its appearance is obviously not as striking as that of fresh vegetables or fruits.
However, this does not mean that obviously the best thing is always to opt for seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables, as a way of ensuring a correct contribution of both their benefits and their nutritional properties.
And what about frozen vegetables and fruits at home?
We must bear in mind that, as different scientific studies have shown, frozen foods contain almost the same amount of essential nutrients (that is, especially vitamins, minerals and fiber), as before they were frozen.
Moreover, in the case of frozen vegetables, the most common is that before freezing they go through a little processing, which involves a slight alteration in the food. But basically it is observed in its organoleptic qualities (taste and appearance), and not in its nutritional benefits.
How to freeze vegetables and fruits correctly?
To ensure that the food that we are going to freeze maintains all its properties, it is very important to freeze it as quickly as possible. In this way we will be able to preserve its nutritional properties and, to a greater extent, also its organoleptic qualities. In addition, it is just as important that the temperature reaches -40ºC.
But what about the food we freeze at home? It’s actually easier than you think. You just have to follow the steps that we discuss below:
How to freeze fruits at home:
- Wash the fruit that you are going to freeze well. Then dry it well and divide it into rather small portions.
- Put the pieces of cut fruit in bags designed for freezer (those that can be closed hermetically are ideal).
- Close the bag tightly and store in the freezer.
How to freeze vegetables at home:
- Wash the vegetables well, better separately to get better cleaning. Then dry it well.
- Cut vegetables and greens into chunks.
- Put water in a saucepan and put it on the fire. Then put ice water in another saucepan. When the water starts to boil, quickly submerge the vegetables, being careful not to burn yourself, and then quickly submerge them in the ice water as well.
- Then dry them well and put them in the freezer bags. Close they hermetically, and finally store them in the freezer.
Ready! Both frozen fruits and vegetables can last up to a year in the freezer. Effectively maintaining all its virtues.