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Are frozen fruit and vegetables as good for you as fresh?

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When you are shopping for juicy strawberries or fresh greens, you may not stop at the frozen food aisle. Frozen fruit and vegetables often don’t look the part once defrosted, and you may think that the freezing process depletes them of some nutritious value.

Nothing is as good for you as fresh – right? On the other hand, frozen is often cheaper and is there all year round. And fresh is a relative term; fruit and vegetables can be in transit, sit in stores or wait in your fridge for some weeks. But can you get the same nutritional benefit from your frozen five a day?



Many had a go at perfecting the freezing process before Clarence Birdseye (the captain himself) came up with “quick-frozen” technology in the early 1920s. He copied Inuits in Alaska, who preserved their fish by freezing them quickly, meaning that large ice crystals didn’t form to damage cells and destroy the taste of the food.

Fruit and vegetables are between 70% and 90% water, and, once harvested, rapidly lose moisture, are attacked by microbes and degraded by enzymes.

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Nowadays, newer techniques are used, such as blanching vegetables before flash freezing. There are no chemicals involved, and, if you worry about frozen fruit and vegetables losing nutrients, then remember that fresh ones lose them too. Green peas lose just over half their vitamin C in the first 24 to 48 hours after picking.

A study by Ali Bouzari and colleagues at the University of California, comparing nutrients in eight different fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables (corn, broccoli, spinach, carrots, peas, green beans, strawberries and blueberries), found no consistent differences between fresh and frozen.

Vitamin C was higher in frozen corn, green beans and blueberries than in their fresh equivalents. There was more riboflavin (a B vitamin) in frozen rather than fresh broccoli, though fresh peas had more than frozen ones.

In another paper, the researchers looked at fibre and levels of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron and found no big difference between the frozen and fresh forms of the same eight fruit and vegetables.

Fans of frozen fruit and vegetables (and there are many in the food industry) argue that freezing stops the rotting process in its tracks. Frozen fruit and vegetables, if kept undisturbed in a good freezer, will have been captured and preserved in their prime and retain their minerals and vitamins.

Issues such as preferring the taste of fresh are more subjective. And, of course, frozen peas are much better than fresh ones for applying to minor bumps on the head.

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The Traditional African Man and Romance

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Romance in marriage is like the gentle breeze that fans the embers of a camplight fire bringing tiny sparks of flames here and there. The west has provided it’s version of romance and this wave has swept across other parts of the world and of course in Africa. 

We see a handful of Millenials and the Gen Z’ers play out romance sequences that could have been straight out of a Mills and Boons story BUT… If we are totally honest with ourselves, these do not represent the whole rather they are a very small cross-section making us ask the question “How do the rest express themselves”. We grew up in Africa seeing our parents play out a script on romance that was lack-lustre and bland. This was picked up by many and it has become their default mode when the camera’s aren’t flicking, friends aren’t watching or it’s not for social media.

Below is an excerpt i stumbled upon and had to include it into my post because it perfectly explained the default state of romance in Africa.

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Many marriages are just for sleeping and waking up, raising kids and ageing together till death comes. This is not right. Marriage must be enjoyable and romantic.
1.Many couples hardly kiss and they only hug each other when they receive good news.
2. The husband only puts food in his wife’s mouth only when she is terminally ill and cant feed herself.
3. If you see a man opening car door for his wife means the door is faulty.
4. The only thing that makes an african man touch his wife’s neck is when she complains of fever. He wont touch it again till the next fever.
5.The only time he can carry his wife on his arms is when she is in labour.
6. If you see them seated outside at night, dont think they are romantic. They are only waiting for the smell of insecticide to vanish.
7.Many wives buy gifts for their husbands only when they are hospitalized.
8.The only time they race together is when there is danger and everyone is running.
9.The only time they go for evening stroll is when they want to go and lay a complain to the parents of the person that beat their child or got their daughter pregnant.
10. The only time they bath together is when both are late for work.
11. The only time a wife looks closely to her husband’s eyes is when he complains of dirt in his eyes.
Unfortunately, Africans feel that any romantic man is being controlled by his wife. They will begin to spread bad rumours. Let us just change today for the better. Let us learn to love one another and enjoy the few days we have on earth together.
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On a closing note, i believe things would play out better for couples if men could become a bit more humane, women, drop a bit of the ultra-feminism and let’s enjoy ourselves as couples (ie married couples).

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Ultimate Baker releases sugar substitute for diabetics

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Ultimate Baker has released a new naturally-coloured xylitol sugar substitute created specifically for the diabetic market.



Ultimate Baker Xylitol is made purely with natural ingredients from fruit and vegetables, and the company claims that xylitol almost perfectly mimics the natural sweetness of sugar, while having 40% fewer calories.

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Xylitol carries a glycaemia index rating of 7, compared to the 60–70 rating carried by normal sugar, and this means that xylitol does not spike blood sugar or insulin.

Figures provided by the company claim that approximately 100 people in the US suffer from diabetes or prediabetes, and this has made the development of products tailored to diabetics crucial.

Sue-Ellen Cutler, vice-president of new product development at Ultimate Baker said: “Our goal is to create high quality products that are both visually appealing while free of the harmful synthetics and preservatives which are dominant across the baking industry.

“Xylitol is a product we’re just as proud to serve our families as we would all of our customers.”

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