What Is Snap Freezing And How Does It Help Food Items Retain Their Nutrition?

by Tooba Shaikh
What Is Snap Freezing And How Does It Help Food Items Retain Their Nutrition?

When looking for information regarding healthy food items, we are often told to avoid frozen food. Rather, fresh produce is always preferred over frozen food items. This has led to a belief that frozen food is generally unhealthy and should be avoided. But how true is this belief? Is frozen food really unhealthy? And is all frozen or packaged food the same? And what is snap freezing? Here is what you need to know when you want to decide whether to buy a frozen food item.

What Is Snap Freezing? Is It The Same As Flash Freezing

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Frozen food items are generally considered unhealthy. However, it is important to note that not all frozen food items are the same. Snap freezing or flash freezing a food item entails rapid cooling of the food item to extremely low temperatures.

This technique of freezing preserves its nutrients and the shelf life of the food item can be increased exponentially without losing out on its nutritional value. So, despite what the numerous health magazines and tabloids might say, food items that are snap-frozen can be nutritious as well.

It is important to note, however, that certain frozen food items contain extra salt or sugar. This significantly reduces the nutritional value of the food item and may even make it harmful.

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Canned Food Vs Frozen Food: Which Is Better

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Canning is another method that is popularly employed to increase the shelf life of a food item. Though nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates and fat-soluble vitamins are retained in the process, water-soluble nutrients like Vitamin C and B are lost.

Moreover, according to an article recently published by The Indian Express, additional preservatives, salt and sugar are added to canned food items to manipulate their texture, colour, and flavour.

Food items that have been snap-frozen therefore have an advantage over canned food in that there are no additional preservatives. It is therefore extremely crucial to read labels when purchasing either frozen or canned food items.

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Do you regularly consume frozen food items? Let us know in the comments below!

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