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Is frozen fruit as healthy for you as fresh fruit?
Is frozen fruit as healthy for you as fresh fruit?

Berries – sweet, tangy, nature’s candy. We obviously know that they’re great fresh, but what about frozen? Frozen seems like the go to option for those times when they’re out of season, can’t find a good selection or just flat out need a berry fix. So we did a little research and here’s what we found:

Is frozen fruit as healthy for you as fresh fruit?

Yes, but read your labels carefully. That shouldn’t be an issue since you already do that, rigghhhhttt? Scan the front and back of the package and make sure the contents does not contain syrup. Syrup packs in extra sugar and calories, things you don’t need with your fruit.

Frozen fruit is also picked at its peak of ripeness and quickly frozen. Fresh fruit, on the other hand, can often sit around for days while waiting for shipping and purchase. The longer the fruit sits, the less nutritional value it holds. So buy your fresh fruit from farmer’s markets, produce stands or ask your grocer to direct you to the freshest fruits in their store.

Frozen Fruit Cheat Sheet

Avoid:
Berries frozen in syrup, it adds extra calories.

Buy:
Whole or sliced.

Top picks:
Blackberries, cherries, pineapple, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, mango, raspberries, mixed berries or tropical fruit

How to use:
Topping for desserts, ice cream
Baking
Fruit salads
A healthy snack
Use instead of ice cubes in drinks
Fruit Cubes
Smoothies/Slush
Assorted recipes

Nutritional Benefits

Blackberries
A Naturally Low Fat Food
A Naturally Cholesterol Free Food
A Naturally Low Sodium Food
Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing fruits and vegetables and grain products may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors
While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors
Healthful diets with adequate folic acid may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect
Excellent Source of Dietary Fiber
Excellent Source of Vitamin K
Good Source of Folate
Excellent Source of Manganese

Blueberries
A Naturally Low Fat Food
A Naturally Cholesterol Free Food
A Naturally Low Sodium Food
Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing fruits and vegetables and grain products may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors
While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease
Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors
Good Source of Dietary Fiber
Excellent Source of Vitamin K
Good Source of Manganese

Pineapple
A Naturally Low Fat Food
A Naturally Cholesterol Free Food
A Naturally Very Low Sodium Food
While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease
Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors
Excellent Source of Vitamin C

Raspberries
A Naturally Low Fat Food
A Naturally Cholesterol Free Food
A Naturally Low Sodium Food
While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease
Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors
Excellent Source of Dietary Fiber
Excellent Source of Vitamin C
Good Source of Vitamin K
Excellent Source of Manganese

Strawberries
A Naturally Low Fat Food
A Naturally Cholesterol Free Food
A Naturally Sodium Free Food
Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing fruits and vegetables and grain products may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors
While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease
Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers
Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors
Good Source of Dietary Fiber
Excellent Source of Vitamin C
Excellent Source of Manganese

*nutritional information from Dole

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