Summertime offers an abundance of fresh veggies at lower costs, but now that Winter is on the horizon, the produce aisle isn't exactly overflowing with inexpensive produce. Since your choices are limited (and pricey), opting for canned or frozen veggies may be your only choice, but which is healthier?
Learn which comes out on top in canned veggies vs. frozen veggies when you
Store-bought frozen veggies are usually processed soon after being harvested — at their peak ripeness. The first step of freezing veggies does involve blanching them in hot water or steam to kill bacteria, which breaks down some of the water-soluble vitamins such as B and C. But once the produce is flash-frozen, the rest of the nutrients are locked in. Actually, frozen foods may even be more nutritious than the same fresh veggies that have been sitting out or in the fridge for an extended period of time. That's because fresh produce is often picked before it's had time to fully ripen, which means it has less time to develop all its vitamins and minerals.
Then there are canned veggies. Usually inexpensive, they're also convenient since they have a long shelf life and won't take up any space in your freezer. Many canned veggies unfortunately contain sugar, salt, and other preservatives. They also undergo a heating process, which further decreases their nutritional value.
So if you can't buy fresh veggies and eat them within a few days, frozen veggies are the next best option.