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NewsBites February 2014 Issue

Frozen Produce as Good as Fresh, Better Than Refrigerated

Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh—and superior in vitamin and mineral content to fresh produce stored in the refrigerator for a few days. That’s the conclusion of University of Georgia researchers who compared nutrients in supermarket-purchased frozen and fresh blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, corn, spinach, cauliflower and green peas. The fresh produce was also tested after being stored in the refrigerator for five days, after which it showed losses of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Consumers’ common belief that fresh produce is nutritionally superior to frozen is “misplaced,” researchers commented, calling freezing “nature’s pause button” in terms of vitamin and mineral degradation.

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