Frozen or Fresh? Eating Veggies after Weight Loss Surgery
Following a healthy diet is important if you want to lose weight, and this is especially true after weight loss surgery. Getting weight loss surgery will make losing weight and managing your hunger a lot easier, but the restricted capacity of your stomach means that every bite that you take has to have nutritional value, otherwise it is taking up the space of something better.
Making poor dietary choices after weight loss surgery could reduce your ability to lose weight, and can even lead to uncomfortable health consequences in some situations.
Eating your Veggies
Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to get high nutritional value out of a low-calorie food, which makes it a good choice for after weight loss surgery. Of course, you’ll want to follow your weight loss surgeon’s advice and dietary guidelines, but generally speaking once you are able to return to eating whole foods you should be able to start having a variety of your favorite fruits and vegetables.
But this opens the door to a conundrum that many don’t think too much about before having weight loss surgery: are the vegetables better fresh or frozen?
There are actually pros and cons to both frozen and fresh veggies. On the one hand, frozen vegetables have to go through a good amount of processing to get frozen, and very rarely can be defrosted without losing flavor and texture. But while a fresh vegetable from your local grocer still has the right color, texture and taste, it might actually be lower in nutritional value due to the amount of time it spent in transit. Chemicals and sprays are used to keep those fresh veggies looking and tasting so fresh, and the nutritional merit of that process is a big topic of debate, as well.
There is a third option that may actually be your best bet when it comes to getting the biggest nutritional bang for your buck, and that is shopping at your local farmer’s market or produce stand to buy fresh produce that is from a local grower. The more you can cut down that farm-to-table timeline, the fresher, crisper, and more nutritious the fruits and vegetables will be.
Eating fruits and vegetables is a good thing to do after weight loss surgery, and whether you are opting for fresh or frozen the merits of the dish are there. Talk to your weight loss surgeon about the best types of fruits and vegetables for your diet after weight loss surgery.