The answer is they both have a place in our diet. In an ideal world we would eat vegetables that are locally produced and in-season and we would buy them fresh and ripe. However these days lots of ‘fresh vegetables’ aren’t actually...... that fresh. They may have been shipped from half way around the world and been picked before they are ripe, which gives them less time to develop a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals. They often look ripe, but these fruit/ vegetables will never have the same nutritive value as if they had been allowed to fully ripen on the vine. Meaning that there nutrient content never reached maximum levels. Therefore, in this instance frozen vegetables will give you a high concentration of nutrients!

The down side to frozen vegetables is the enzymes are destroyed when frozen. The benefits of live enzymes have been documented but I don’t believe we really know the full health benefits they provide yet. To ensure you have the widest range of nutrients don’t limit your diet to only frozen or fresh vegetables a wide range of seasonal local vegetables and off season frozen vegetables with ensure you have the best range of nutrients in your diet.

As published in Swansea's Evening post.