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Frozen vs. Canned Vegetables

Canned Veggies vs. Frozen Veggies

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.

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pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
i love frozen veggies cuz i can still see the color when i buy them.. canned ones are hiding and yes they are sometimes too salty or toooo sweet!
gingirl gingirl 7 years
I love frozen veggies! So easy to add to most anything you make. I like to add them to my rice pasta, eggs, cous cous. It's all good!
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
Not to mention that canned veggies often have chemicals that seeped into them from the can's lining. No thanks. I stick with frozen. :)
califab califab 7 years
I bring a lot of Whole Foods and Kashi frozen meals to work because I want to have time to work out during lunch (mexican, indian, etc). I've been throwing about a cup of mixed frozen veggies on top of whatever it is and microwaving for an extra 2 minutes. It's yummy, more filling, and helps me get veggies during the busy day. Not as good as fresh everything, but not bad.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
woo! I guessed correctly. I'm a huge fan of frozen veggies...I stock up on frozen spinach and throw it in almost everything I make, like egg white omelets, rice, tuna... mmm :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I like frozen veggies too. I'm not a huge fan of the canned ones, mostly because of the texture I guess. I love the Chinese stirfry because it has yummy snowpeas in it.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I love frozen veggies, I usually keep a few types in there for days when I haven't had a chance to go to the store and really want to add some vegetables to whatever I'm doing. plus, I really actually love frozen peas, it was a favorite as a kid and I love them now too.
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