Fresh vs Frozen Food

With the advent of freezers, we’re able to keep our food lasting longer than ever before, But is there a difference between fresh and frozen produce in terms of nutrition? Which should you be eating? You instinct may be to shout out “Of course fresh food is better. It’s fresh.” And you may be right. But it’s highly dependent on the circumstances. In many instances, the food you take off the shelf in a grocery store has been harvasted under ripe to avoid damage during travel time. This means that it hasn’t yet reached its peak nutrition. Furthermore, the minute it was picked, its nutritional content began to deteriorate. The food is then loaded on a truck, boat or plane, travels for days and waits on a shelf for you to choose it. After, which it may sit in your fridge for a few more days before being eaten. Over this period of potentially weeks, the food may lose up to 50% of its nutritional value. Frozen foods on the other hand are picked when they’re ripe and frozen immediately. And while the quick freeze process does affect some vitamin content, it essentially freezes, or locks most of the nutrients in place. Next to the fresh produce that has been sitting around for weeks, there’s no doubt that frozen foods can contain more nutrition, particularly during the month that local produce is not in season and travelling far distances. In a series of studies, after 3 days of storage, frozen broccoli had higher levels of Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene. Frozen blueberries were much higher in polyphenols and anthocyanins, and frozen sprouts scored higher in all nutrient measurements. Of course if you pick a fresh vegetable from your garden or get it from your local farmer’s market, and eat it that date nothing could be quite compared to both the nutrition and the taste. But unless you’re able to shop every few days, frozen produce could be a great nutritionally comparable alternative. Like our whiteboard drawings and looking to free your creative side? Check out our friends at UpDesk who have created these amazing height adjustable whiteboard desks, which we now proudly use. Jot down ideas when they hit you, or just doodle on your desk. And if you watched our video on sitting down, you know how important it is to be standing more often. These things are seriously awesome and they’re offering our viewers $50 off any size and model UpDesk. Check them out at and use the promo code UPDESKASAP and subscribe for more weekly science videos.

100 thoughts on “Fresh vs Frozen Food

  1. While canned food can contain preservative and added salt, sugar or syrup in it some nutrients are lost. Frozen food on the other are much much better than fresh, because the nutrition are locked in place, maybe more nutrition, while fresh only last for a week or 2 and lose their nutrition.

  2. off topic… why does food with pink coloring taste awful or bitter for me but not with my other friends. they say that it was like the other color.. id search in the internet and found no answer

  3. Nutrition aside some things taste better fresh. Broccoli can get away with being frozen because it already tastes terrible.

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  5. So if Brussels sprouts improve on everything when frozen, do I need to freeze myself to get better grades

  6. The frozen stuff here taste better than the "fresh" stuff. (I mean in vegetables and fruit).
    I love frozen broccoli.

  7. But I have a question , there's the big question about preservatives that are being used these days , and I agree that dosage can be the poison and in this case I'm afraid such preservatives are dangerous even in low dosage forms . There are so many chemical preservatives that are being used on fishes and vegetables and fruits , not to mention the pesticides . So I would like to know about them from you with ofcourse solid scientific facts and possibly measures to prevent any detrimental effect on health .

  8. But then you pretty much have to cook it because it's frozen. And that will most likely make it worse than the fresh food.

  9. Hey, The best results that I have ever had was with Marks magic method (i found it on google) Without a doubt the most useful diet that I have ever tried.

  10. Off topic question again, so many videos explaining caffeine/caffeine addiction but ONLY only coffee form while coffee has more in it many people are caffeine addicts but NEVER drink cofee it may be energy drinks, green tea or my favorite caffeine pill can you please explain these ?

  11. Don't forget the energy required to freeze vegetables. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, always go for fresh, regional food (even if you eat more to get all nutrients). However, compared to alternatives like drying or salting food, I prefer to freeze it because it doesn't influence the quality as much.

  12. well if you buy fruit and vege from a supermarket its at least a week old, especially if its imported, sometimes your buying stuff thats 2 weeks old, if it wasn't for air conditioning they would would always be bad obviously, except for like dirty potatoes and stuff with a higher shelf life.

  13. The thing about it being something such as fruits and vegetables is that if you live in a specific climate theyโ€™re treated differently- I think this vidโ€™s a little Canadian biased because fruit and vegetables donโ€™t need to be refrigerated all the time. Here in Australia there actually is no such thing as fresh fruit and vegetables because even in winter it can be too hot and dry/humid (especially where the majority of fruits and vegetables grow) so the second they are harvested and washed they are placed straight into freezer trucks- because it can get so humid here even potatoes are frozen to prevent them growing eyes before they are placed on shelves

  14. Thanks for the information. I have planted them in my, Self-watering planter. The nasturtium grew to 9ft high and 3ft wide in five weeks. Torpedopot is a great tool for growing nasturtium. I never will have to water my nasturtiums again.

  15. thats why i never buy expensive and fresh i buy frozen ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ”ซ

  16. I thought I was unhealthy but Iโ€™m not Iโ€™m gonna go tell all my friends ๐Ÿ˜

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  18. The picking time of the vegetables is a matter of climateric or non climateric foods, which is highly important in this debate.

  19. Everybody on this comment is the truth. Most people don't even care about they health until it's too late. My only issue is weed. Ever are a salad high? Never knew how good lettuce was

  20. I knew it! Makes perfect sense to me but everyone is side eyeing me when i say frozen is just as good as fresh if not better

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