seen in the news recently that frozen fruits and vegetables are actually more nutritious than fresh produce. Is this true?
“Eating fresh food is the evolutionary key to health. As a natural chef, I strive to cook and eat with the seasons, supporting local farmers and choosing organic food wherever possible. However, it’s worth remembering that certain nutrient levels begin to decline as soon as fruit and vegetables are picked, so if you eat produce which has been sitting on the shelves or in transit for days, its nutritional value may be substantially reduced. Conversely, freezing generally helps to retain overall nutrient content, as frozen produce will often have been washed, blanched, frozen and packaged within a few hours of picking. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is essential to get a range of nutrients. Choose a mix of the freshest possible, plus frozen ones, such as delicious frozen berries in a winter smoothie. Remember to freeze your own when there is an abundance of organic best-value seasonal supplies. About the expert: Nutritionist Cheryl Thomson trained as a CNM Natural Chef at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, where amongst many natural health courses on offer, you can train to become a CNM Natural Chef. Visit for more details.
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