Fresh vs Frozen Fruits: Which is most nutritious?

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Fruits are a colorful part of everyone’s diet. They are high in fiber, water, vitamin C, and sugars. Fruits contains many “sugars” such as fructose, which is one of the building blocks in maintaining the structural and functional integrity in the body. Fruits contain carbohydrates, which is one of the primary sources of energy for all cells. This may explain why fruits such as bananas are eaten as a pre-workout meal. It gives the body the fuel needed for the stress it undergoes while exercising. Bananas contain several health benefits as I explain here.

However, there is a question that many people have been wondering: Are fresh fruits more nutritious than frozen foods?

The honest answer is that it depends on the circumstances. However, frozen fruits tend to have more nutritional value than fresh fruits. There are several differences between fresh and frozen foods.

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Fresh fruits that are sent to markets are usually picked while it is under ripe to avoid damage while it is sent out to different locations. This means that when the fruits are picked, they have not reached its peak nutrition. During the packaging and travel time, the nutritional content of the fruits begins to deteriorate. It takes several days for the fruits to reach their destinations. When a person purchases the fruit, it may sit in the refrigerator for even more days until it is finally eaten.

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On the other hand, frozen fruit is picked when it has reached its peak nutritional value and are immediately frozen thereafter. Although freezing the fruit may lead to the loss of some of its vitamins, most of the nutrition is essentially locked in. Frozen fruits can be found to be cheaper than fresh fruits, especially at times when the fruits are not in season.

Frozen fruits can be seen as a healthy and more economic alternative to fresh fruits. However, nothing can beat purchasing organic fruits from a local farmers market where they are picked and sold on the same day, or picking fruits from your own garden.

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Resources:

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/fresh_vs_frozen_vegetables_are_we_giving_up_nutrition_fo

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/reasons-buy-frozen-fruits-veggies/story?id=20683879#

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Uncle Teds

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Contemporary Chinese Restaurant
http://uncletedsnyc.com/welcome/
Train: A,C,E,B,D,F,M to West 4

Last week, I decided to stop at the new and improved Uncle Teds restaurant, formerly known as Suzies. It is located on 163 Bleeker street by Washington Square Park. I stopped by last week and was surprised by the improvements.

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I was able to catch their lunch special which was great. Restaurants typically give small portions of food for customers who come in for their specials, however this has never been the case at this restaurant. I decided to order an Americanized dish which consisted of chicken and broccoli with white rice. I also ordered a side of miso soup.

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Miso soup!

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Chicken and broccoli with white rice.

I was not surprised when I saw the large portion that was served. The former Suzies was known for serving large portions, including their lunch specials. This has remained the same for Uncle Ted’s. A friend of mine who lives in the area mentioned that she eats at the restaurant frequently and apparently they serve larger portions during their dinner hours. Another thing that I have always noticed even while the restaurant was still running under “Suzies” is that the waiters are very attentive and the food has always been served quickly. I don’t think I have ever had to wait for more than 15 minutes for my food to be served. The food was delicious and the best part is that I got all this for $8 and some change!

Overall this place is fantastic for a lunch break or as a place to meet up with friends. The ambiance is very laid back and the waiters are very friendly, polite, and attentive. In my opinion, this place gets a 4 out of 5! I will definitely stop by again for lunch if I’m in the area 🙂

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[Random note]:
While I was waiting for the food, I was actually practicing my Japanese writing. My waiter noticed, and he sparked a conversation with me about Japanese hiragana and katakana and mentioned that he had been studying Japanese as well. It was a nice moment being able to talk about a common interest with someone.

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