Freeze-drying is said to be one of the fastest growing trend in food processing today, considering the high demand for freeze-dried foods- especially fruit. The process of freeze-drying fruits is very unique; because the fruit undergoes sublimation, in which frozen water is evaporated directly from ice to water vapor, therefore removing 99% of moisture from the fruit, without ever having to enter a liquid phase.
With this process, the structure of the fruit, as well as its nutritional value, is preserved. While fresh fruit is obviously the ideal choice, freeze-dried and frozen fruits are actually preferred next in terms of nutrition.
In some cases, frozen and freeze-dried fruits tend to be more nutrient-dense than their fresh counterparts because they are harvested while in-season and immediately kept frozen or freeze-dried, thereby retaining the nutrients they contain. In the case of dry fruit where about 75-95% of moisture is lost through by dehydration, there is also a consequent loss of vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.
Freeze-dried fruit however maintains most of its nutrients, except some fiber and vitamin C, as fiber is contained in the cell walls and skin of fruit, while vitamin C is water-soluble and quickly broken down. One good thing about freeze-dried fruit is its retained natural flavor; so it doesn’t need to be sprinkled with additives or extra sugar for sweetening.
More benefits from consuming freeze-dried fruit
Being loaded with nutrients such as vitamins, fiber and minerals; fruits are not just nutritious, but are also delicious because they contain natural sugars. Freeze-drying is a more efficient way to remove water from fruits than the traditional way of drying which barely preserves nutrients. The following are the obtainable benefits from freeze-dried fruits:
Freeze-dried fruit packs still retain their natural flavor just like their fresh counterparts, despite all the steps involved in their processing. This is attributed to the fact that they are not dried via heat processing. Freeze-drying simply takes out the water, not the flavor; this therefore leaves no change in appearance, shape, aroma and texture. After the whole process, the finished products are crispy fruits maintaining most of the original fruit’s nutritional content..
One of the main benefits of these freeze-dried fruits is that they last longer and remain readily available whenever you are in need of them. The freeze-drying method removes water from the prepared fruits and to guarantee the lasting freshness of these fruits, oxygen is taken out from the cans and pouches where they are stored. Freeze-dried fruits can be stored for future use, instead of keeping huge bags of frozen fruits inside your freezer that occupy more space.
When fruits are freeze-dried, they become lightweight and portable. Since these freeze-dried fruits are lightweight, they are very handy and convenient for traveling. You can eat them out of the bags, create smoothies readily or even sprinkle them in your oatmeal.
Rich in nutrients
Freeze-dried fruit contains nutrients that offer several health benefits, making it a good addition to a well-balanced diet. Since they hold up to 90% of their original nutritional content, one small serving pack could still highly nutritional. You can still have your daily dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, different nutrients and minerals with the convenience of not always carrying along a large piece of fresh fruit everywhere.
Low in calories
Freeze-dried fruits are the best option if you want to take something sweet without the fear of adding unwanted weight. They are the best replacement for unhealthy snacks between meals; for instance, a bag of freeze-dried strawberries or bananas is outstanding choice for health-conscious people. Freeze-dried fruits are mostly low in calories and do not contain any additional sweeteners and preservatives. In addition to their low calorie content, they are also filled with fiber, which is a vital nutrient. In the right proportion, fiber helps to regulate your digestive system and keeps your cholesterol levels low. Adding the right amount of fiber in your diet also lowers your chance of developing colon cancer and helps reduce the risk of heart diseases
The process of freeze-drying fruits is not difficult- the process only requires quick rehydration of the fruit, making it ideal for storing. Most freeze-dried foods are reformed back by adding warm water.
Freeze-dried fruits come in varieties- helping you prepare a number of desserts and dishes. When you have stored freeze-dried strawberries or freeze-dried raspberries, you can easily make fruity breakfast cereals, fruit salads and many more.
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