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The Quicker, the Better? All you need to Know Before Consuming Frozen Food!

Fresh raw fruits and vegetables are usually harvested before reaching the highest nutritional value

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November 17, 2016: Buying a deep freeze and consuming frozen foods can come in handy if you don’t have time to prepare fresh food daily. Fresh fruits and vegetables and also meat and grains are healthy but that doesn’t imply that frozen foods are unhealthy. The phrase “the quicker the better” does not apply here.

Frozen foods were usually avoided because of the belief that fresh food is best. But frozen food has a long shelf life. Not all operators can run their kitchens without using frozen food. Also, properly frozen food can be as fresh as when it is harvested.

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If the food is frozen, it is definitely fresh. Freezing helps in slowing down the deteriorating of food and all the nutrients are locked in the food as the food is frozen immediately after harvesting. The fresh food we usually get is sitting around for days before they are cooked. By the time people receive fresh vegetables and meat, most of the nutrients are lost as products are sensitive to light.

Also, “fresh” raw fruits and vegetables are usually harvested before reaching the highest nutritional value and transported to long distance places. So, they already have less nutritional value during harvesting and they lose more during transportation.

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For freezing, fruits and vegetables with high nutritional value, ripeness, colour, and flavor are used. Freezing helps to retain these qualities. Apart from nutrition and flavor, frozen food gives the following advantages:

  1. Quality and consistency: Frozen products are harvested when they are at the peak of their nutritional value and frozen to maintain the nutrients and flavors. Frozen foods have high standards of quality and have unmatched uniformity and consistency.
  2. Convenience: Now, the process of preparing, storing have improved and advanced techniques are used to create gourmet quality meal. Ethnic meals, which require long preparation time, also require frozen food products. Also, the fresh ingredients of these meals are quite expensive than the frozen ones.
  1. Waste-free: Another advantage of using frozen food is that it allows the chef to use the exact amount of food needed in the dish. The rest can be stored in the refrigerator. Frozen foods allow consumers to prepare only what’s needed and to store the rest. It reduces food waste. It’s good for the environment too.

I. Availability: Frozen foods are available all seasons.

II. Safety: Freezing delays the fungal and other microbial activity in the food. If it’s frozen it’s safe.

If you freeze your own meals at home, you can be assured that you are serving nutritious meals to your family. It is a great time saver as even if you have made a large batch, that you cannot finish, you can always store it for later. Freezing does not harm foods or take away the nutrients; it is how you freeze your foods or what you buy that makes the difference.

Freezing your meals at home can help reduce wastage of food. If one is serving frozen food, he can be sure that it is safe and nutritious for his family. It saves a great deal of time as we can always prepare more in a batch, freeze the remaining and save something to serve later. If done properly, freezing does not harm the food damaging its quality.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Kids Who Watch Cooking Show Featuring Healthy Food Likely To Make Healthy Food Choice

Exposure to healthier options has on children is strongly influenced by personality traits

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Researchers believe that watching programmes with healthier options can still have a positive impact on children's behaviour, even if it is delayed by age, leading to consumption of healthy food. Pixabay

While exposure to television advertisements about fast foods is often linked to unhealthy eating habits among children, a new research has revealed that TV programmes featuring healthy food can influence children to make healthier food choices now and in adulthood.

Kids who watched a child-oriented cooking show featuring healthy food were 2.7 times more likely to make a healthy food choice than those who watched a different episode of the same show featuring unhealthy food, said the study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour.

“The findings from this study indicate cooking programmes can be a promising tool for promoting positive changes in children’s food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviours,” said lead author Frans Folkvord of Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

For the study, the researchers asked 125 children between 10 to 12 years of age at five schools in the Netherlands to watch 10 minutes of a Dutch public television cooking programme designed for children, and then offered them a snack as a reward for participating.

Children who watched the healthy programme were far more likely to choose one of the healthy snack options — an apple or a few pieces of cucumber — than one of the unhealthy options — a handful of chips or a handful of salted mini-pretzels.

Prior research has found youth are more likely to eat nutrient-rich foods including fruits and vegetables if they were involved in preparing the dish, but modern reliance on ready-prepared foods and a lack of modelling by parents in preparing fresh foods have led to a drop in cooking skills among kids.

“Providing nutritional education in school environments instead may have an important positive influence on the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviours of children,” Folkvord said.

This study suggests the visual prominence of healthier options in both food choice and portion size on TV cooking programmes leads young viewers to crave those healthier choices then act on those cravings. But the effect that exposure to healthier options has on children is strongly influenced by personality traits.

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While exposure to television advertisements about fast foods is often linked to unhealthy eating habits among children, a new research has revealed that TV programmes featuring healthy food can influence children to make healthier food choices now and in adulthood. Pixabay

For example, children who don’t like new foods are less likely to show a stronger desire for healthier choices after watching a TV programme featuring healthier foods than a child who does enjoy trying new foods. As they grow older, though, they start to feel more responsible for their eating habits and can fall back on information they learned as children.

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Researchers believe this may indicate watching programmes with healthier options can still have a positive impact on children’s behaviour, even if it is delayed by age. (IANS)