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Common myths about frozen foods - busted!

While many of us view frozen foods as just another convenient option, few believe that some of the best foods in the supermarket can be found in the freezer aisle. Confused? Here are seven commonly held myths surrounding frozen foods finally busted f

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba Khaliq / Jul 30, 2015

Is the frozen foods aisle your popular spot?

Many families with busy schedules go frequently to the restaurant and pick the cheapest and quickest dinner options. For them, frozen food is convenient and cuts corners to meal preparations. It is a common misconception that a quick meal can’t be healthy. We will prove it wrong. Here are seven myths about frozen foods- debunked!

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Myth: Frozen food is less nutritious

Fact: While it is true that frozen food loses some of its nutritional value during storage, it often is more nutritious than the out-of-season “fresh” food readily available in grocery stores. Out-of-season produce is picked while it is still unripe, then shipped long distances and stored. This leads to a loss of nutritional value. However, frozen foods are generally picked up when ripe and flash frozen to lock nutrients in.

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Myth: All frozen foods are highly processed

Fact: There is no doubt that grocery freezers are filled with unhealthy and processed meal kits, but there are also a lot of healthy choices available. While selecting frozen foods, choose whole or natural foods instead of reaching out for the highly-processed ones. Check the ingredient label to ensure that there hasn’t been any use of preservatives.

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Myth: Frozen food is more expensive

Fact: Frozen food doesn’t have to be more expensive than fresh food. Whole frozen foods such as vegetables are cheaper than the pre-packaged convenience foods. However, even the convenient frozen foods can be cheaper than the high-priced restaurant foods, especially if you don’t have the option to cook yourself.

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Myth: Any food can be frozen

Fact: Most foods can be frozen well, retaining their original flavour and texture. But, some foods are not good candidates for the freezer, such as cream-based sauces that separate during freezing and coffee because it loses flavour rapidly. Also, fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon and lettuce don’t freeze well and may become soggier than they were before freezing.

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Myth: Freezing kills bacteria

Fact: Freezing food makes bacteria inactive, but it doesn’t eliminate risk of contamination. You should keep a few tips in mind while freezing fresh foods. Cook the foods to the recommended temperature. When freezing food, wash your hands thoroughly before preparations. Wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly and let them dry before packaging. Always pack foods in clean containers and then freeze.

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Myth: Frozen food lasts forever

Fact: Frozen foods do last longer than their fresh counterparts but they begin to lose quality and taste once they have been stored for too long. Here is the approximate lifespan of various frozen foods: Raw meat- 4 to 12 months; cooked meat- 2 to 4 months; vegetables and fruits- 8 to 12 months; casseroles- 2 to 3 months; and soups and stews- 2 to 3 months. You may extend the storage life of frozen foods by scalding them briefly in boiling water or steam.

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Myth: Defrosted food can’t be refrozen

Fact: You can safely refreeze defrosted food within two hours of taking it out of the freezer. Holding it for longer than that at room temperature can actually degrade the quality of food due to moisture loss.

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