Fresh Vegetables vs Frozen Vegetables
The main reason for me researching this topic is because the cost of nutrition for bodybuilding/fitness training is so expensive - with daily supplements such as protein shakes, creatine, dextrose and fresh lean protein sauces like chicken, steak and turkey breast - buying fresh vegetables every other day is another additional expense that I simply struggle to afford.
So is there a difference between fresh vegetables and frozen?
According to The Federal Food and Drug Administration there is little-to-no difference between fresh and frozen vegetables (How happy I was to read this!)
Many "experts" actually believe that frozen vegetables have more healthy nutrients than fresh vegetables because they are picked at their peak ripening time - unlike fresh vegetables that are picked early so they can continue to "ripen" during their travels towards supermarkets and your plate. Frozen vegetables also sit packaged in a freezer whilst fresh sit under bright supermarket shop lights which is believed by some to have an adverse affect on the vitamins of the vegetable.
If you still can't afford to buy fresh and don't like frozen..
You could try growing your own vegetables? This way you can have a source of freshly grown vegetables ready to eat that will cost you next to nothing to grow. Personally i'd rather spend time working and playing hard but I thought I would throw that solution out there!
If I had to choose I would go for locally grown fresh vegetables that I know have been grown without the se of chemicals in a small but professional set up but due to my lifestyle and budget my options are fresh supermarket or frozen.
The positive is there are no studies as of yet to prove that fresh is significantly better so I will be sticking to my frozen vegetables and throwing some in my blender right now!