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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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A Food Store. Pixabay

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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Parents With Single Child More Likely to Tackle an Obese Kid: Study

Researchers found mothers of singleton children were more likely to be obese themselves

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Researchers have found that only Child, who researchers refer to as 'singleton,' have less healthy family eating practices, beverage choices, and total Healthy Eating Index 2010 score, coming in lower on three out of the 12 areas measured. Pixabay

Parents with only Child are more likely to tackle an obese kid as children without siblings may be at a higher risk of gaining weight than those who have brothers and sisters, say researchers.

This is because families with multiple children tend to make more healthy eating decisions than families with a single child, the study added.

The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, found that this kind of obesity could be seven times more common among youngsters.

“Healthier eating behaviours and patterns may result from household-level changes rather than peer exposure, as peer exposure is also present in away-from-home care,” said study lead author Chelsea L. Kracht from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

According to the researchers, data was self-reported in daily food logs kept by mothers over the course of three days — two weekdays and one weekend day. Teachers kept logs by proxy for any food children ate while at school.

Mothers also completed the Family Nutrition and Physical Activity questionnaire to evaluate typical family eating behaviour like food and beverage choice.

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Parents with only Child are more likely to tackle an obese kid as children without siblings may be at a higher risk of gaining weight than those who have brothers and sisters, say researchers. Pixabay

Researchers have found that only-children, who researchers refer to as ‘singletons,’ had less healthy family eating practices, beverage choices, and total Healthy Eating Index 2010 score, coming in lower on three out of the 12 areas measured.

They also had significantly lower total scores across weekdays, weekends, and on average, indicating there are both individual and collective differences in eating patterns between the groups.

Researchers found mothers of singleton children were more likely to be obese themselves. Moreover, maternal BMI had a much stronger connection to child BMI percentile and waist circumference percentile than singleton status.

Maternal BMI did not significantly contribute to overall eating patterns but did contribute to empty calories.

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Families with multiple children tend to make more healthy eating decisions than families with a single Child, the study added. Pixabay

The research also found that time spent in away-from-home care like school and daycare was not connected to children’s eating patterns.

“Nutrition professionals must consider the influence of family and siblings to provide appropriate and tailored nutrition education for families of young children,” said Kracht.

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“Efforts to help all children and families establish healthy eating habits and practices must be encouraged,” Kracht added. (IANS)