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Fruit is naturally bursting with flavour and nutritional value
The fruit is often thought of as nature's candy: it's delicious, nutritious, and sweetened with all-natural sugars. Unfortunately, fruit in all forms has come under speculation, because said natural sugars—which are made up of a combination of sucrose, fructose, and glucose—are sometimes confused for refined sugars derived and processed from sugar cane and/or sugar beets. Fortunately, these myths are steadily being debunked one by one.
However, frozen fruits have been proven time and again to preserve nutrients, and dried fruit has been cleared as fine for snacking, as long as you're mindful of portion sizes and reaching for the unsweetened variety. So what's the verdict on freeze-dried fruits? Are they healthy? Do they, too, preserve the nutrients of freshly picked options? Here's everything you need to know.
What is freeze-dried fruit, and how is it made?
The freeze-drying process is unique because the fruit undergoes sublimation, in which frozen water is evaporated directly from ice to water vapour, removing 99% of moisture from the fruit, without ever having to enter a liquid phase.
The fruit is placed inside a vacuum chamber where the temperature is below freezing. The temperature is slowly raised, and the solid water molecules enter a gaseous state without ever becoming a liquid. In doing so, the structure of the fruit, as well as its nutritional value, is preserved.
How does freeze-dried fruit compare nutritionally to frozen and dried fruits?
While fresh fruit is obviously the ideal choice, freeze-dried and frozen fruits are actually your next best bet in terms of nutrition. In fact, frozen and freeze-dried fruit is often more nutrient-dense than their fresh counterparts because they are harvested while in-season and immediately flash-frozen or freeze-dried to lock in all of its good-for-you nutrients.
What's more, compared to dried fruit that only removes about 75-95% of moisture through simple dehydration, which is often associated with a loss of vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Freeze-dried fruit maintains most of its nutrients, save for fibre and vitamin C, as fibre is contained in the cell walls and skin of the fruit, while vitamin C is water-soluble and quickly broken down. Plus, freeze-dried fruit is bursting with natural flavour, so it doesn't need to be sprinkled with additives or extra sugar to please your taste buds.
What are the benefits of consuming freeze-dried fruit?
The fruit is naturally bursting with flavour, and freeze-dried fruit packs just as satisfying of a punch, despite all the steps it goes through. So if you were unsure what would pair best with freeze-dried fruit, just know it's the same foods you would pair with fresh fruit!
Low In Calories
Some brands of freeze-dried fruit contain less than 40 calories per 10-gram serving. Other brands may differ in calorie count, but most will be reasonable. If you are trying to lose weight, low-calorie foods, including freeze-dried fruit, will satisfy your sweet tooth.
High in Fiber
Fibre is an important nutrient because it promotes regularity in your digestion and helps keep your cholesterol levels low, which reduces your risk of heart disease. Getting adequate fibre in your diet also lowers your chance of developing colon cancer. Freeze-dried fruit contains up to 2 g of fibre per 1/2 cup. Eating fibre controls your appetite and prevents you from reaching for unhealthy snacks between meals. In most cases, freeze-dried fruit is similar in fibre content to dried fruit. However, if you are trying to increase your fibre intake, eating fresh fruit could be a better option.
Freeze drying fruit concentrates the antioxidants it contains, which means a bigger impact on your health. Antioxidants are compounds found in most plant foods, and they work by fighting free radical damage in your body that comes from the environment and unhealthy foods. Eating foods high in antioxidants helps your body fight illnesses that include heart disease and cancer.
In contrast to dried fruit, freeze-dried fruit is not made with added sugar. Its natural sweetness makes it a healthy alternative to dried fruit when preparing muffins or bread. Having no added sugar means that freeze-dried fruit contains fewer calories. If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing it, choosing foods that are low in sugar could protect you from health complications that often accompany the disease.
Freeze-dried fruit contains similar amounts of nutrients when compared with fresh fruit. Some are lost during the freeze-drying process, but you still increase your intake for vitamins A and C, iron and potassium when you eat it. These vitamins and minerals protect your immunity, help your blood stay adequately oxygenated and regulate your blood pressure. Freeze-dried fruit is lighter in weight than fresh fruit, making it a good choice to carry along on a hike or marathon.
In theory, freeze-dried ingredients can store for years. The benefit of freeze-dried fruits, in general, is that because they can live in your pantry, choosing freeze-dried fruits for smoothies over bulky bags of frozen fruit saves you space in your freezer, and they're always readily available when you're looking for something nutritious.
Not only do freeze-dried fruits take up minimal space in your pantry, but they're also lightweight, portable, and, as a result, perfect for travel. Osuda's freeze-dried smoothie packets, for example, are versatile because you can eat them out of the bag as a snack, sprinkle them over hot oatmeal in the morning for a boost of superfoods, or, create smoothies on-the-go.
The best way for you to spice up your daily fruit intake
We all want to incorporate fresh fruits into our daily intake but sometimes having to go grocery shopping regularly, having to cut fruits, and all can get a little tedious sometimes. Thus, make your life simpler by using Osuda freeze-dried fruits!
Throw them into your milkshakes/smoothies, eat them instead of chips, the possibilities are endless.
We highly recommend mixing some Osuda freeze-dried fruit with your daily intake of Dr Ora nutricosmetica supplements to give you a nutrient boost to kickstart your day!
Here are two of our favourite ways to incorporate Osuda Freeze Dried fruits with your Dr Ora supplements!