The Debate: Frozen vs. Fresh Produce?

Frozen foods often get a bad rap, and unfairly so. If you haven’t ordered with us before, you may not know that we cook fresh (right here in Brooklyn), and freeze our meals for shipping - and we have no shame in our game. Here’s why frozen is the new fresh:

Frozen for the (Nutritional) Win
The frozen food debate is a long-standing one. There have been many scientific studies conducted to determine if frozen or fresh produce has a higher nutrient content. This research is inconclusive and suggests that the difference in nutrient content between fresh and frozen foods is fairly insignificant.

But get this: a 2015 study, in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, compared the vitamin content between eight different fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and found that overall, the vitamin content of the frozen food was comparable and sometimes even higher than that of the fresh food.

Here’s just the tip of the iceberg as to why frozen foods may in fact beat out their fresh counterparts:

Reason #1:
Freezing foods is done so when they are at their most nutritious (right after being harvested); whereas fresh produce may lose some nutrients on its journey from the field to your plate.

Reason #2:
Studies have shown that vegetables stored at lower temperatures may lose nutrients more slowly than those stored at room temperature.

Reason #3
Freezing foods prohibits the activity of enzymes responsible for breaking down the nutrients in the food. These enzymes remain active in fresh produce, which can accelerate the breakdown process.

Conventionally Frozen Vs. Plantable  
Conventionally frozen meals you see at the grocer (we’re looking at you, Lean Cuisine) typically have a high sodium content because sodium is used to prevent bacterial growth and therefore the deterioration of its contents. And as you might have guessed, an excess of sodium in the diet can lead to hypertension and heart disease. At Plantable, all of our meals are crafted to ensure that you do not exceed The American Heart Association’s sodium recommendation (an intake of less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day).

Additionally, most frozen foods on the market today are not nutritionally complete (which has nothing to do with the freezing process however). Take a stroll down the frozen food aisle and you’ll find a ton of frozen pizza, chicken wings and mozzarella sticks - which is why frozen food frequently gets a bad rap. Plantable prides itself on the highest quality of nutrients, chef-crafted meals, and by flash-freezing our food we not only lock in its goodness, but make it easier on you to enjoy them for the duration you need. Delicious + nutritious, without going rotten in a matter of days.