ARE FROZEN FOODS LESS NUTRITIOUS THAN FRESH FOODS

Frozen Foods Less Nutritious Than Fresh Foods?

Most of the available scientific research suggests similar nutritional values between fresh produce and their frozen counterparts. However, others believe that only those things that naturally survive freezing temperatures (i.e., low water content items such as nuts and seeds) are appropriate for freezing. Some raw foodists point to the fact that most frozen foods are blanched (briefly boiled) prior to the flash freezing process, thus destroying some of the nutritional content.

While there is some truth to this, and to the argument that freezing high water content items causes some damage to produce, I believe frozen fruits are generally safe and nutritious, especially when there is no fresh alternative. It’s always best, of course, to use fresh when available and in season. But, don’t keep yourself from enjoying a great life-giving smoothie just because, for example, strawberries aren’t in season right now.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FIG AND A DATE?

First of all, figs and dates are two completely different fruits. Also, figs, which range dramatically in color, grow on Ficus trees while dates, light brown in hue, grow on palms. Figs take on a teardrop shape and contain many small seeds. Their counterpart, dates, are oblong and have one large pit inside them.

Figs aren’t just deliciously sweet with a complex texture, but they are a rich source of potassium, calcium, and fiber as well. Similarly, dates are ‘nuggets of nutrition’ that supply a substantial amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber and potassium.

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HOW DO I MAKE ALMOND MILK?

You can make almond milk by soaking 1 cup of almonds for a few hours. When finished soaking, strain them and blend them with 3 cups of filtered water. Strain the resulting mixture through a nut milk bag. You can add sweetener or vanilla for additional flavor. To store, place in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. You can also buy almond milk in a health food store, but it will not be raw.

WHAT IS A NUT MILK BAG?

The nut milk bag is a versatile addition to anyone’s kitchen and can be used to make delicious nut milks, as well as different juices. It can also be used as a sprouting bag. There is little hassle or cleanup; just pour the contents of your blender into the bag and squeeze them out into a bowl or pitcher. Nylon mesh bags work the best and can be used time after time.

A good durian is sweet and has the texture of smooth, rich custard and the flavor hints at banana, mango, pineapple, and vanilla. It’s also loaded with minerals and vitamins and is high in protein and ‘good’ fat. Durian is often called the ‘King of Fruits’ because of its many physical and emotional health benefits, and cleansing and detoxification capabilities.

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