Frozen Vs. Fresh Produce

In some cases, it's even better for you

In a perfect world, you'd stop by the farmers' market on a leisurely Saturday—reusable tote bags in hand—and stock up on fruits and vegetables so fresh you can imagine what it's like to live in California. 

But once you snap out of that fantasy, you don't have to feel like you're settling for second best by having to run to the freezer aisle for your berries. According to a new study, frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as those in the produce section.

Despite the perception that fresh produce is more nutritious, a study by food scientists at the University of California, Davis finds that in a sample of eight various fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, there are"no significant differences" in nutritional value, NPR reports.

"Overall, the frozen was as good as fresh, and in some cases, the frozen fruits and vegetables were better than fresh," Diane Barrett, a researcher on the project, says. The findings are well-timed with a rise in frozen food sales, which can be attributed to the fact that they tend to be more affordable and have a longer shelf life, coinciding with an increased movement among households to eliminate food waste.

Read the full story on NPR.