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The benefits and harms of frozen foods
Modern women have very little time to manage the household. But you can't leave your family hungry. And here frozen products from bright packages come to the rescue of the hostesses, so their popularity is growing rapidly. However. not everyone knows about the dangers and benefits of such products.
Experts believe that frozen foods retain a lot of vitamins. After all, the time interval between when the vegetables were harvested and before freezing is reduced to the maximum. This helps most vitamins stay in vegetables. But some types of nutrients die anyway.
At very low temperatures, vitamins tend to oxidize. Therefore, a dish made from foods that are frozen becomes less useful. But this can be fixed. For this, you need to add natural, fresh products to frozen vegetables. For example, onions, carrots and other vegetables. In this case, you get a tasty and healthy dish.
Most of all, when freezing food, vitamin C decreases. This happens with cabbage, broccoli, peppers, green peas and others. The rest of the vitamins in frozen vegetables are also reduced, however, in smaller amounts. This is why changing completely fresh vegetables to frozen ones is not recommended. After all, everyone understands, for example, that dumplings are made not only from pure meat. The price of frozen dumplings does not quite match their filling. But many are tormented by the question of whether frozen foods with a different filling are useful - dumplings, pancakes.
Experts say that nothing is used in the manufacture of dumplings other than ordinary potatoes and dough in water.
As for frozen pancakes, they contain almost no harmful substances. But this dough is not recommended to be consumed daily. The dough, which is used for the production of pancakes, contains many emulsifiers, dyes, and stabilizers. These food additives are allowed, they are necessary to mix several dry parts. But this contributes to the fact that a person does not receive the necessary amount of vitamins.
How long does frozen food last? Let's find out. The shelf life of frozen foods is usually indicated no more than six months. However, when buying such products, you need to remember that the less the product is stored frozen, the better. Ice crystals tend to destroy the structure of the product. Therefore, frozen foods with a long shelf life lose vitamins, thus becoming useless for humans. These products can only satisfy the feeling of hunger. A person will not receive vitamins.
When choosing frozen products in a store, carefully look at the packaging, at the appearance of the product itself. If food sticks together, it may mean that it has already been defrosted and re-frozen. It is better to refuse such products.
See also packaging quality. Examine the package label carefully. The address of the manufacturer, the name of the product, its expiration date, date of manufacture, etc. must be indicated on it. In the event that the inscription on the label is unclear or blurred, it is better to refuse this product and choose another one. Note that vegetables that have been deep frozen retain much more vitamins than other frozen foods. This is due to the action of low temperatures - below minus thirty-five degrees Celsius. This should be indicated on the packaging.
For people suffering from stomach ulcers, gastritis and other diseases that are associated with the gastrointestinal tract, it is advisable to refuse frozen foods. You can, as a last resort, use only frozen vegetables. But they do not need to be fried, but boiled. Never use a jet of hot water for defrosting. This affects the decrease in vitamins in foods.
If you defrost meat other than pork, it is advisable to cook it over low heat without defrosting, increasing the cooking time slightly. Frozen semi-finished meat products, as well as ready-made meals, are defrosted and heated on the stove or in the oven at a temperature of 150-220 ° C. Defrost poultry thoroughly before cooking. And it is advisable to defrost fish at room temperature in the package. Cheese, cottage cheese and products made from them are defrosted for 2-3 hours at room temperature. It is recommended to defrost freshly frozen vegetables, berries, fruits in a saucepan partially filled with water with the lid closed. Frozen vegetables can be cooked without defrosting, increasing the cooking time by about 1/3.
Most importantly, to avoid health problems, avoid fast foods if possible, eat freshly prepared food rather than frozen food.
Author: Zhanna Sh. (Specially for Calorizator.ru)
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