Monday, April 26, 2010

Fresh or Frozen Veggies?

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I like it fresh.

Fruits and vegetables have their vitamins and nutrients still intact, and the juice is just sweet. If you disagree, try carrots, celery and cucumber. Of course, there are those that have bitter and pungent taste, but the point is, even all these, when fresh, have their flesh and juice very crisp and tasty.

So when it comes to eating healthy, what do you choose? Will it be fresh, or frozen?

Many will actually suggest that you grow your own vegetables, but when that is not possible, what will your choice be? What are your options?

Here is one article that briefly discusses the pros and cons of fresh and frozen vegetables. In the past, I would tend to hoard veggies, especially when the population in our community went up, even by just a small fraction, the store where we get our supplies had their shelves empty by around 6pm, just the time that I'm coming out from the office and doing my quick shopping.I later found that we were throwing away rotting veggies, or that we were cooking veggies that are no longer fresh. I stopped hoarding, and bought just the amount we needed - for our good, and for others as well.

Read on...

Fresh Or Frozen Vegetables? - Your Way to Eating Healthy

How many times have you bought fresh veggies from the grocery and only end up throwing it all away because it was already rotten and dry before it could hit your skillet or casserole? The problem with fresh veggies is you need to cook it right away because if you will stock it inside your fridge it could easily get rotten as its shell life is short unlike frozen veggies. You can easily buy them and stored it in your fridge for months without worrying that it will get wasted.

Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices Paperback by N.W. Walter 1978Though the shell life of frozen veggies may take up for some months the taste of it may not be as natural and tasteful compare to fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables are also healthier and more nutritious compare to fresh veggies. The vegetables, once ripe and ready, they picked it out, packed and sealed it and froze it to keep the nutritional value in store.

But like everything else there are also some advantages and disadvantages when eating frozen veggies over fresh ones. One disadvantage of it is that most of the time people who packed frozen veggies added some sugar or salt to add more taste since it will be frozen and ice will form, the taste may disappear as soon as you start to thaw it. Check the label to make sure that there are no added sugars or salt on the package. The other disadvantage of frozen veggies is that the process of freezing the veggies right from the start has nothing to do with its taste. Though most people find the fresh veggies tastier than the frozen veggies it can only be enhance if you will add some tasty seasoning on it when you cook it.

Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices by Dr. Norman WalkerMost frozen foods are already in bite sized or chopped which made the preparation easier and that is one of the advantages of it. It can be easily cook without the time consuming of chopping, dicing and even peeling off the veggies' skins. To get your family eat frozen veggies, why not try cooking it with some Italian spices and herbs, lemon pepper or with some butter and garlic. You can also try grilling or sauteing it with an olive oil. Experiment a bit when cooking your vegetable dishes so that your family will always be looking forward of eating healthy vegetables.

Francis James Carter enjoys writing about food and eating healthy. He is also interested in Unfinished Wood Furniture. You can read more about Unfinished Wood Furniture on his website at

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Fresh Or Frozen Vegetables? - Your Way to Eating Healthy