Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients that offer significant health benefits. While freeze-drying may result in the loss of some nutrients, it will still preserve many of the vitamins and minerals that make strawberries an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
Freeze-dried strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and dietary fiber. However, like most freeze-dried fruits, they contain a higher concentration of sugars. Here is a more in-depth look at the nutrition facts of freeze-dried strawberries, per ½ cup.
Total Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 7g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 90%
When it comes to eating more fruit to our diet, there is conflicting information about how healthy fruit really is. Most experts agree that fruits are an integral part of a well-balanced diet; however, others suggest “nature’s candy” is not as healthy as we may believe because of its high sugar content.
As if choosing the most nutritious fruits wasn’t confusing enough, there is now an extensive variety of fruit products available on the market– including traditional dried fruits and the increasingly popular freeze-dried fruits.
Dried fruit is highly nutritious.
One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package.
By weight, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit.
Therefore, one serving can provide a large percentage of the daily recommended intake of many vitamins and minerals, such as folate.
However, there are some exceptions. For example, the vitamin C content is significantly reduced when the fruit is dried.
Dried fruit generally contains a lot of fiber and is a great source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols.
Polyphenol antioxidants are associated with health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases.
"During the freeze-drying process, moisture is removed from the fruit, which means the fruit shrinks in size, and, in turn, concentrates the sugar content and makes it easier to consume more servings in one sitting than had it been consumed in its fresh form," Kane says. To put it into perspective, Kane says to envision a bunch of 20 grapes next to a small handful of 20 raisins. "Both of these snacks contain the same amount of sugar," she explains, but the difference is how the fruits make you feel after consumption.
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