A healthy, balanced and varied diet should take a little bit from all food groups in adequate amounts. Vegetable growing and harvesting follows specific seasons, meaning that off-season access to fresh vegetables is limited.
Birds Eye’s frozen vegetables fit perfectly into a healthy balanced diet and are available all year round. Read more to understand how freezing offers you convenient access to great quality, tasty and nutritious foods.
Do fresh vegetables contain more nutrients than frozen vegetables?
Freezing is a natural preservation process which does not require the use of additional preservatives. Vitamins and minerals are ‘locked in’ through freezing while fats, proteins and carbohydrates are unaffected. Un-frozen fresh produce, on the other hand, will actually lose vitamins over time during storage.
The vitamin content of frozen fruit and vegetables is generally on par with (and in some cases vitamins are better retained than) their fresh counterparts), while the mineral content remains generally the same as in fresh foods. Also, importantly, frozen fruit and vegetables count towards your ‘5-a- day’ recommended intake!
Check out the results from our 2018 frozen food myths survey including expert comments from dietitian Laura Tilt, as she dispels any other misconceptions you may have about frozen produce!
Why is frozen veg so convenient?
You might think of frozen products as the ‘back up’ option, but they’re actually the real alternative to ‘fresh’. Frozen veg is just as good as fresh nutritionally, but also has many other extra advantages!
If you want to provide a healthy, balanced diet for you and your family, it’s recommended to include lots of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. Freezing fruit and vegetables makes them accessible to everyone, everywhere, every day.
Does frozen veg stand the test of time?
Fresh fruit and vegetables may have been stored out on the shelf for many days by the time you buy them and are often consumed after being kept for another couple of days at home.they haven’t undergone any preservation over this period, their quality decreases during storage, and vitamin content can also fall. Freezing requires no preservatives, yet maintains quality, and can help to retain the nutrients, locking in vitamins.
How does frozen veg help to reduce food waste?
Not only is Birds Eye veg quick and easy to prepare, but it also helps to reduce food waste. You can easily control your portions by using only as much as you need and putting the rest of your frozen food back in the freezer, which in turn saves you money from not having to throw away left-overs.
Our delicious meals also save on waste, by providing a perfectly portioned meal for 1. It’s important to keep everything perfectly on ice in your freezer as well though – check out what temperature it should be.
Now we’ve told you just how healthy frozen veg is, you’ll probably want some inspiration! How about some plating up a meal centred around peas? Or if you’re seeking a spicy supper, cook up one of our vegetable curry recipes.