Frozen Organic Fruit For Smoothies
by Doug Worlund
(Prospect, TN, USA)
Doug's Question: I am enjoying the raw diet, but it would be much more convenient to use frozen fruits in my smoothies (not to mention there would be less waste). I saw your stats that frozen fruits lose 5% of their nutrition. Is that the only drawback?
Most frozen fruit available through your grocery store is not heated at all. It's actually not necessary because the slightly higher acidity of the fruit (compared to vegetables) keep bacteria at bay naturally.
There is a slight decline in nutrient content due to freezing, but it's not a big deal, and I wouldn't be worried about it.
However, frozen vegetables are not a raw food under the strictest of definitions, because they almost always undergo some sort of heating or boiling, and the nutrient losses in these foods are similar to steamed vegetables.
I usually buy a huge bag of frozen blueberries, blackberries, or mixed berries from Costco or a wholesaler every few months. I blend these into smoothies or fruit-based ice "creams".
So go right ahead and buy yourself some frozen fruit.
Glad to hear you're enjoying a raw food diet.
All my best,