Frozen Fruit Is Fantastic
When It Comes to Smoothies, Frozen Fruit Is Fantastic
Eating up to 10 portions of fruit and veggies a day may prevent 7.8 million deaths worldwide, according to a 2017 study undertaken at Imperial College London. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are not eating their recommended 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit per day, likely due to time constraints and the demands of daily life. Smoothie lovers know that this healthy, delicious drink, is an easy way to ensure we get our full day’s fruit quotient in just one drink. If you are a smoothie fan, you may have wondered whether frozen fruit is as healthy as fresh. If so, read on; you may be surprised to discover what recent scientific studies have found.
Freezing Blueberries Ups their Antioxidant Quotient
To fight the free radicals that cause premature aging, consuming an antioxidant-rich diet is key. We know that blueberries are a ‘superfood’ when it comes to antioxidant content, but to really make the most of its power, consume it in a frozen state. A study by researchers at South Dakota State University has found that freezing blueberries actually improves the availability of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which give blueberries their rich blue color and which are powerful scavengers of free radicals caused by exposure to sunlight, pesticides, and other toxins. It seems like a great reason to leave space in your freezer for fruits - perhaps considering a separate freezer for fruits and other healthy foods.
Freezing Orange Juice can Improve the Bioaccessibility of Carotenoids
Carotenoids are thought to help prevent disease (particularly specific cancers and eye diseases), and they are also responsible for the bright orange color of oranges and carrots. A 2018 study carried out at the University of Seville in Spain found that freeing juice can have a great impact of the intensity of its orange color, thereby positively affecting the bioaccessibility of its carotenoids. Interestingly, some carotenoid content was lost by the freezing process, yet because the remaining carotenoids were more bioaccessible, the total concentration that could be absorbed by the intestine was higher in the frozen juice.
Is Frozen Fruit Beneficial in Terms of Cost?
We have mentioned just two studies showing that you don’t need to lose out on nutrients by freezing fruits, but the question remains: is buying fruit in a frozen state cheaper? According to TheKitchn.com, the difference is significant for some fruits. The list includes cherries (which are 50 cents cheaper per pound than fresh cherries), pineapples (over a dollar less per pound than fresh pineapple), and mangoes ( $2.49 for 16 ounces of frozen mangoes vs $1.49 each per fresh mango).
Many studies have shown that frozen fruit can outperform fresh, seasonal fruit in terms of nutritional value. This is great news if you are trying to feed your family on a budget, since frozen fruit is indeed cheaper than fresh. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh fruit bought at the market, of course. Consider a blend of both, balancing your personal preference and budget to enjoy fresh and frozen, seasonal fruits in all the colors of the rainbow!