The Science Of Nutritional Differences Between Fresh And Frozen Food

It’s pretty common knowledge that you’re going to get the most nutritional bang for your buck from fresh vegetables and fruits, but AsapSCIENCE explores why that’s the case, and how true that idea really is.

In a lot of instances, the food you buy at a supermarket isn’t at its nutritional peak. This means that between getting picked too early, sitting around the grocery store, and eventually ending up in your stomach, the food loses up to 50 per cent of its nutritional value.

Frozen foods, on the other hand, are picked when they’re ripe and then frozen. This locks in the nutrition. When the food isn’t in season, frozen fruits and vegetables actually have more nutrients than fresh. That said, if you have access to your own garden or a farmer’s market, the fresh foods going to beat frozen every time.

Fresh vs. Frozen Food [YouTube]


  • opposite is true for meat – also “fresh food people” freeze their fresh vegetables too, this helps them distribute them with minimum damage to the external appearance of the veg.

    • @rajabey, utter crap! The veg are not frozen ! Most types would be ruined not being packaged, and the cost would be huge !, Deliveries are made Each day. Stop spouting urban myths.

  • Wasn’t there a study recently that showed that frozen food is actually better, because it’s frozen while fresh, wheras fresh food sits there, with nothing really cold to slow down it’s natural process of decay?.

    • Yeah that’s what the video actually says and is also what I was taught in food science at university. The first sentence is of course complete gibberish that contradicts the actual point, as per Lifehacker’s rules on article writing.

      Overall I’m glad they’ve promoted this. Blowing people’s minds about the high quality and nutritional value of snap frozen vegetables is one of my favourite food science things to do.

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