In an effort to create a “Healthier America” the USDA recommends a daily consumption of at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. We at Honeyville Grain would like to support their effort by promoting our freeze dried products as an easy way to help meet the “5-A- Day” program.
So ask yourself this question: Do you consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables combined on a daily basis? The average American does not. In a recent study given by Harvard University, “The average American consumes a total of only three servings of fruits and vegetables per day.” So, what exactly is a “serving”? Well, that depends on one's normal caloric intake. For example: For a person who needs 2,000 calories per day to maintain weight and health, they should consume at least nine servings, which is equal to 4.5 cups per day.
Freeze drying dates back to the ancient Peruvian Incas of the Andes. They found that exposing their food to the heat of the sun, as well as freezing night temperatures, high altitudes, and low air pressure, their food was able to maintain it's natural form while the water had evaporated, leaving it dry and easy to store for long periods of time. They soon realized it would regain its original texture after water was added. It wasn't until World War II that the freeze drying process was commercialized.
Honeyville's Freeze Dried products are produced in a process where moisture is removed from the frozen product using a very low temperature and a vacuum. Only about 3% moisture remains in the product at the time of packaging. The end product weight is reduced by over 90%, while the volume stays the same. This remarkable process concentrates the fresh product taste, natural color, and texture of fresh product in its freeze dried state.
We don't need to tell you that making vegetables a part of your daily diet is not only tasty, but healthy as well. According to Harvard's School of Public Health, the biggest payoff from eating fruits and vegetables is a heart-healthy lifestyle. Vegetables have also been proven to help prevent strokes, diabetes, birth defects, hypertension, and obesity.
Now that you know the benefits, check out some of our most popular Freeze Dried and Dehydrated vegetables below:
Celery is high in vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention.According to www.whfoods.com, “we understand how celery, which is rich in both potassium and sodium, the minerals most important for regulating fluid balance, stimulates urine production, thus helping to rid the body of excess fluid.” Celery makes for a great light snack and is also great for adding to a nice crisp salad or in your homemade soups and stews.
Dread chopping those onions? With all those tears come numerous health benefits when it comes to onions. Onions, with that pungent, tear dripping smell are said to have blood sugar lowering effects, cardiovascular benefits, colon cancer prevention, promote bone health, and aids in anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity. These beneficial effects are likely due to onions' sulfur compounds, its chromium and its vitamin B6, which helps prevent heart disease by lowering high homocysteine levels, another significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke.Chefs love the onion! Onions add so much flavor to almost any dish, whether it is your morning omelet or added to a delicious gourmet meal. There are no tears when you buy them already chopped and dehydrated!
Carrots are everybody's favorite dipping snack! They are an excellent source of antioxidants. They are also the richest vegetable source of the pro vitamin A carotenes. Carrots are said to protect against cardiovascular disease as well as cancer. Of course, we've always been told that carrots also promote healthy vision. www.whfoods.com states: “High carotenoid intake has been linked with a 20% decrease in postmenopausal breast cancer and an up to 50% decrease in the incidence of cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophagus. Extensive human studies suggest that a diet including as little as one carrot per day could conceivably cut the rate of lung cancer in half!” Foods such as carrots may also be beneficial to blood sugar regulation. Carrots are great for that homemade carrot cake or shredded on top of your favorite salad.
Green peas are one of the important foods to include in your diet if ever you feel fatigued and sluggish. Peas are a high fiber food, also rich in folic acid, vitamins B6, B1, and B3, which are necessary for carbohydrate and protein metabolism. They are a wonderful source of iron which promotes normal blood cell formation and function. Peas also have a good source of vitamin C to help boost your energy producing cells. Vitamin C is also a great aid in preventing cancers. Peas are great cooked, raw, and added to any salad!
What kind of summer barbeque would you have without the famous corn-on-the-cob? Corn is rich in fiber and is said to help stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, corn may help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Corn also contains a considerable amount of folate, which is said to help against birth defects. It also has a great amount of Thiamin and pantothenic acid. Thiamin helps maintain memory and energy production. The pantothenic acid helps metabolize the carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Pantothenic acid is an especially valuable B-vitamin when you're under stress since it supports the function of the adrenal glands. Don't forget to make corn a staple in your healthy diet.
We've covered just some of the basics, but for more information, including more of our Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Vegetables, visit our online store at www.shop.honeyville.com.