If you spend most of your food shop browsing through fresh fruit and veg stores, we have news for you.
While you may think that fresh produce contains the most nutrients, you may be better off choosing canned and frozen produce.
In addition to being better for your wallet, canned and frozen vegetables can sometimes retain much more nutritional value than fresh vegetables.
In a recent chat with Dr Karan Rajan – NHS Surgeon, educator and TikTok phenomenon – we were shocked to learn that we should be eating more frozen vegetables.
“We need to stop being afraid of canned or frozen fruit and vegetables,” Dr Rajan told Talk News Uk.
“They are cheap and often have much better nutritional content than fresh food – because once something is harvested, its nutritional value starts to be lost.”
As Dr Rajan explains, if you live near or on a farm and you get the produce straight away, it’s probably the best kind of fresh food you can get.
However, he added, the average person who goes to a large supermarket and buys fresh produce can get better value than frozen or canned produce.
And Dr Rajan isn’t the only one encouraging us to reach for frozen meals.
As Healthline reports, most fresh fruit and vegetables are picked before they are ripe – so they have time to fully ripen during transport.
However, this also gives them less time to develop a variety of natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
In comparison, fruits and vegetables to be frozen are generally picked at peak ripeness, when they are most nutritious. Once harvested, vegetables are often washed, blanched, cut, frozen and packaged within hours.
Underline? Frozen produce may be equally, or in some cases, even more nutritious than fresh produce – but it’s best to choose a mix of fresh and frozen produce to ensure you’re getting the best nutrition.