Thursday, June 2, 2011

What is Freeze Dried?

Since most of my favorite products are freeze dried, I thought I would make sure that everyone understood the process!
So lets talk about what freeze dried is.
Freeze dried food is flash frozen just like regular frozen foods.  They are both picked at the peak of freshness!  The produce is allow to ripen naturally.  But what sets it apart is the next step.  The food is then vaporized to remove 98% of the moisture.  It is then canned and sealed in oxygen proof cans which is what gives it its incredible shelf life.  And the freeze dried will not get freezer burn after a couple of months.   There is no difference in the cancer fighting nutrients.  Oh, and if your freezer goes out or your power is off for a while your freeze dried food is still safe and sound!

Dr. Gary Stoner, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State University, has researched freeze drying for more than 20 years, and has learned that freeze-dried fruits retain almost all of their nutrients when compared to fresh fruit. His research has found that freeze-dried fruit helped prevent colon tumors.  In fact Dr. Stoner is so positive about the efficacy of freeze-dried fruits as a cancer treatment, he is developing an aerosol spray made from them as a possible treatment for lung cancer.

The American Institute for Cancer Research suggests what while the water and oxygen are removed from foods, the nutritional value of the food is not decreased or altered.  Freeze dried fruits and vegetables contain the same amount of antioxidants as their fresh counterparts, according to the American Dietetic Association.


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