They're are so many new health trends coming to the forefront of the health community. Lately, we've been curious about the freeze-dried smoothie trend. If you haven't tried one yet, it's all your smoothie ingredients, but freeze-dried for longer storage, and less mess and waste. But how healthy are freeze-dried ingredients compared to a fresh fruit and veggie smoothie?

Antioxidants

In terms of antioxidants and nutrients, there isn't much difference between fresh and freeze-dried fruits. One might think that a process that changes the appearance and weight of fruits so much would reduce nutrient levels. However, this is not the case. According to the article, "Freeze-dried fruits are surprisingly nutritious" on MSNBC.com, "...studies show that antioxidant phytochemicals found in the fruits' fresh state are retained at similar levels after freeze-drying." The antioxidants remain after being freeze-dried!

Nutrients

Nutrients are also well-maintained after freeze-dry processing. Vitamins reduce slightly, but most still remain. According to Gary Stoner, PhD., Professor, and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State University, freeze-dried whole berries can contain significant levels of phytochemicals, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and vitamins C, E, and folic acid. This implies that a significant amount is maintained. 

For Consideration

With all of the water being taken out of the fruits and vegetables, some have pointed out that it's easy to get dehydrated without the extra moisture that fruits and veggies normally provide. However, since you must re-hydrate the fruits and veggies to turn them into a smoothie, this isn't an issue.
At the same time, some processes use sulfides to freeze-dry the fruits and veggies. For some, this isn't an issue. However, for those who are sensitive to these chemicals, freeze-dried smoothies may not be ideal. 
We hope you enjoyed this short piece on the new smoothie trend. Visit us online or at select FY stores that have Juice Bars to try our fresh smoothies today. Also, be sure to try our healthy greens powders by NOW and Amazing Grass for your next smoothie kick!