So, I’m a “I WANT ALL THE FACTS” kinda girl! I love to know everything and anything about a product, food, diet, workout, clothing brand, makeup product, cleaning solution…you name it, I want the facts! There is so much grey in today’s world, especially when it comes to food and nutrition! And I want what I am giving my children as clear as clear can be. No grey area for me and my family. That’s why I LOVED this study I found. Nearly 80 percent of Americans fail to consume the recommended amounts of fruit, with nearly 90 percent failing to meet dietary recommendations for vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are major contributors of essential nutrients in our diets, and consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases. Given the increase in the rates of chronic diseases among all age groups, eating a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is more important than ever. A variety of factors may contribute to low consumption, including cost and convenience. A recent study revealed one easy solution: frozen. -The University of California-Davis (UC Davis), in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, Frozen Food Foundationconducted an in-depth study to evaluate the nutrient content of eight commonly-purchased frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables: The study analyzed vitamins B2 (riboflavin), C and E, and B-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A); the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron; dietary fiber; and total phenolics (health-promoting plant compounds). Results reveal that frozen fruits and vegetables are most often (or generally) nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts.
This research adds to the growing body of evidence that supports the important role frozen fruits and vegetables can play to help Americans meet daily intake requirements. I use frozen fruits and vegetables when making food for me and my family because they are a convenient, affordable and easy to serve option that is nutritious. Freezing fruits and vegetables is nature’s pause button and an easy way to combat things like the cost of fresh produce, the cost of fresh ‘out of season’ produce and issues like fresh fruits and vegetables spoiling before you’re able to prepare and eat them. Frozen fruits and vegetables offer consumers convenient, affordable and easy to serve options that help simplify meal preparation. SO, what are you serving for dinner tonight? I’m thinking some chicken with a side of frozen broccoli steamed to perfection! Background: Nutrient Definitions
–Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is a B vitamin that is essential for supporting your body’s metabolism, producing energy and is required for the proper development and function of the skin, blood cells and many other parts of the body.
–Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that may help support a healthy immune system. Vitamin C can help collagen production which is important for maintenance of healthy skin, bones, teeth and gums, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels.
–Vitamin E works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals and may improve immune function, as well as plays a role in heart health and promoting healthy skin.
–Beta Carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, an essential nutrient. It has antioxidant activity, which helps to protect cells from damage. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately 50% of the vitamin A needed in the American diet. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for proper vision and a healthy immune system, and helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes.
–Calcium is a mineral that aids in maintaining bone health, bone and tooth development, blood pressure regulation and nerve and muscle function.
–Magnesium is a mineral that helps the body generate energy from the foods we eat and is required for the action of many enzyme systems and also plays a role in maintaining healthy bones and a healthy heart.
–Zinc is necessary for healthy growth and development, and plays a role in immune function, wound healing, blood clotting and thyroid function.
–Copper is a mineral that is needed for healthy white blood cells and plays a role in immune function as well as bone health. –Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells, and its main purpose is to carry oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells throughout your body so cells can produce energy. -Diets rich in dietary fiber have been shown to have a number of beneficial effects, including decreased risk of coronary heart disease and improved digestive health. –Phenols, also known as phytochemicals, are plant-based compounds that have varying effects on and benefits for the body, including support of the immune system and the health of skin, bones, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.Frozen Food Foundation FacebookFrozen Food Foundation Twitter