I was surprised to learn that since non-local fresh produce travels for many miles and is not hours old, that in the end it holds the same nutritional value as most frozen foods. Then I learned that frozen foods are often blanched before freezing, there fore their value is almost the same as canned. Subsequently a check on some of the newer steam bag frozen veggies found that there was OTHER things in them , some even trans fat. Why? Who knows!
So, then are all veggies basically nutritionally equal? No. If you can either grow your own (my #1 choice!) or buy local then that is the best bet. The upside is often local produced foods are often cheaper than there grocery store counter part. Though I know it is not always the case or even viable for some people.
What about organic? While I agree it is better for you than the hothouse method of producing veggies & fruits, if your buying in the grocery store chances are it has traveled and broke down the same as it’s pesticide counterpart. Often due to the lack of organic farms it has traveled longer. So does that mean it is not worth the price? Sometimes and sometimes not. But it is always worth the price if your moral compass wants to support a method of growing that is not chemical laced. But we are speaking nutritionally. And in that point, the jury is still out.
For me I have developed a list of priority for my vegetable and fruit buying. When my first choice is not available then I move down to the next choice. Remember this is what I have done in my own research to find the most nutritionally dense for my dollar. Moral issues may dictate you shop differently. 🙂
1. Local fresh (organic if at all possible)
2. Grocery store fresh (organic if affordable & I feel it is a better choice)
3. Frozen (check you ingredients!)
4. Canned (last resort, I feel at this point its better than no veggies at all)
What is your first choice in veggies for your family? 🙂