Are Freeze Dried Smoothie Ingredients Healthy?
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?
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 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.