Why you should eat canned and frozen foods

Although experts in most cases recommend the use of only fresh foods, fresh fruits and vegetables are always the healthiest choice. We reveal to you why you should sometimes eat canned and frozen foods.

If you are not able to grow fruits and vegetables yourself or buy them from proven producers, frozen and canned can be quite a worthy replacement, and in some cases even healthier. Encouraged by the results of recent research which says that only one third of the adult population ingests the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, experts say that it is necessary to encourage people to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible, whether fresh, frozen or canned.

If you think that vegetables and fruits should be avoided during the winter season because you do not want foods that are frozen, then you are living in delusion. We reveal to you all the benefits of vegetables and fruits that are stored in this way.

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Likopen i vitamin C

According to the advice of nutritionists, an adult should take in as many as five portions of fruits and vegetables during the day, divided into two portions of fruits and three portions of vegetables. How much of that amount do you ingest per day? This goal will be easier to achieve if, in addition to fresh foods, you also consume canned or frozen foods.

In some cases, this kind of food can be nutritionally superior to fresh food, and the real example of that is tomatoes.

Namely, tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid pigment that is believed to protect against heart disease and some types of cancer.

Fresh tomatoes have a lower concentration of lycopene than canned tomatoes or tomato sauce. When it comes to tomato puree, which usually comes in a tube, it is believed that it has six times higher concentration of lycopene than fresh tomatoes.

Other data show that vegetables such as legumes or spinach lose as much as 75% of nutrients, especially vitamin C after a few days spent in the refrigerator. Frozen varieties of this vegetable are much more nutritious because they are usually frozen immediately after picking. When it comes to spinach, avoid buying the one packed in bags because it is very likely that it has been on the shelf for a long time and that it has lost everything that makes us buy it.

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Choose products with less salt and less sugar

When it comes to canned food, it can also be a better substitute than fresh food. The thing is that fresh products are the healthiest if they are used a few days after picking, and it is almost impossible to know when those peas or beans are harvested.

Food is canned in most factories shortly after harvest, and although heat treatment destroys a certain amount of nutrients, most are still retained in the food itself.

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Research shows that canned tomatoes, corn and carrots have more antioxidant phytochemicals than the fresh option that comes as a result of canning. It is only important that when you buy canned fruits and vegetables, you choose the one with a lower proportion of salt and sugar.

You can also send the vegetables after you take them out of the can, and when it comes to fruits, choose the one that is canned in its own juice.

Canned and frozen vegetables give you the opportunity to take vitamins and minerals into your body even out of season, and the positive side is that these foods are usually slightly cheaper than fresh ones.


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