Can Frozen Foods Be Healthier?

Looking after your health is something you’ve likely put at least a little thought into, no matter your age. Part of learning to live a healthy lifestyle involves learning how to cook and eat a variety of healthy foods. Fish is an often recommended type of food that has plenty of essential nutrients and the much-coveted fish oil omega fatty acids that are good for your mind and body. The problem is that not everyone lives in a place where they can get fish fresh. Common wisdom holds that’s the best way to eat it and most people credit the distinct fish smell from cooking it coming from the fish not being sufficiently fresh. Common wisdom doesn’t always translate into actual wisdom though, and OROGOLD would like to give you a clearer idea of how frozen foods aren’t necessarily the bane of a healthy living.

Frozen salmon fillets

One of the larger areas of concern for this is always fish. We routinely hear news stories about food poisoning from fish that wasn’t fresh enough. There is one thing that often gets overlooked in these matters though: the fish typically isn’t stored properly. You need to keep everything frozen until you’re intending to cook it and not defrost and then refreeze it. This is especially true of fish. You should definitely be aware of particular seafood warnings as some varieties, especially kinds of edible mollusks, do have very specific seasons outside of which any you get could be unhealthy. As a general rule though, a lot of fresh fish is immediately frozen upon being caught. This means they get processed into cuts, frozen, and then shipped to stores. You’re typically not actually losing anything from eating frozen fish. It will be just as healthy as if you caught it yourself.

Frozen berries.

Another frequent food fight is over whether frozen vegetables are a boon or a bane for the plate. Not everyone has the time to go shopping from fresh vegetables every week and a good medley stored away in the freezer will help with a meal in a pinch. This is a little bit murkier than fish. Like fish, most frozen vegetables are frozen within the time immediately after being picked or processed. Sometimes research turns up that indicates the freezing process may reduce the amount of nutrients in them, but the amount lost varies. Other times they seem just as healthy. OROGOLD recommends taking a middle road when looking at this evidence. It seems likely that freezing does something, but whatever it does probably isn’t substantial enough to notice most of the time in plain, frozen vegetables. That means that they too are just as fit for eating as their fresh counterparts.

One way to look at some of the debate on frozen foods is that they can actually be healthier than “fresh” foods in some cases thanks to their immediate storage. The frozen foods don’t degrade any. They don’t get landed on by bugs in any further part of their travels. They don’t get handled by other people again before you get to them. These make a decent argument for favoring frozen foods at times. You can also get your favorites even when they aren’t in season. However, don’t forget that there is always going to be something special about hooking a large trout or picking vegetables in your garden. You have an idea of where they came from and what, if anything, you need to be concerned about. It offers a special connection to your food.

Frozen foods really shouldn’t be as controversial as some people make them. They offer convenience and ways to eat healthy when you’re not quite certain when you’ll need the ingredients. You can easily portion frozen food as well to make the most of your ingredients instead of being bound to the “use it immediately” rule of fresh food. OROGOLD suggests using a mix of fresh and frozen food to make the most of living a healthy life. A little flexibility goes a long way to helping maintain motivation when it comes to eating healthily.