What can fruits do for you? It is said that fruits were acclaimed as cancer-fighting foods. The National Cancer Institute, in part, supports the 5-a Day message seen in produce aisles, magazines and even within schools. “The latest Research,” according to Harvard's School of Public Health, “suggests that the biggest payoff from eating fruits is for the heart.” There is said to be much evidence, while researching those who consume a diet rich in fruits whose risks of heart disease and stroke are extremely low. Fruits are also known to help prevent strokes, diabetes, birth defects, hypertension, and obesity.

Honeyville Grain offers a pleasant variety of freeze dried fruits, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, and peaches, as well as peas, corn, celery, carrots, onions and potato pearls. 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. When re-hydrated with water the product will maintain the texture and shape of fresh product, with no shrinking or shriveling. Freeze Dried and Dehydrated products are less expensive than wet pack food because you are not paying for all the water. Freeze drying provides natural and additive free fruits and vegetables to be stored effectively for long periods of time. They also contain no additives or preservatives.

Still not convinced that Freeze Dried Fruit is for you? Check out some of our most popular freeze dried items below, and how they can help improve your health:

Freeze Dried Strawberries

Strawberries contain potent antioxidants that have repeatedly been shown to help protect cell structures in the body and to prevent oxygen damage in all of the body's organ systems. Strawberries, as with other berries are famous in the phytonutrient world as a rich source of phenols. With their unique phenol content this makes them a heart protective fruit, an anti-cancer fruit, and an anti inflammatory fruit, all in this one little berry! According to www.whfoods.com , “In one study, strawberries topped a list of eight foods linked to lower rates of cancer deaths…” “Those eating the most strawberries were three times less likely to develop cancer compared to those eating a few or no strawberries.” Researchers have found that strawberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age related declines in brain function. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C, K, and manganese. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and iodine as well as potassium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-6, magnesium, and copper. The great thing about freeze dried strawberries is that they don't have to be refrigerated; they lose none of their nutrients, and can be stored for a long period of time unopened.

Freeze Dried Blueberries

There is growing evidence that blueberries could be a powerful disease fighter. Blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases. Blueberries may reduce the build up of so called "bad" cholesterol that contributes to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have identified a compound in blueberries that promotes urinary tract health and reduces the risk of infection. It appears to work by preventing bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the walls of the urinary tract. Studies have also shown that blueberries may help eye sight.

Freeze Dried Apples

According to www.bestapples.com“The disease-fighting profile of apples provides a multitude of health benefits, including a potential decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. Several recent studies suggest apples may provide a "whole-body" health benefit.” Apples are known for being high in dietary fiber, which aids digestion and promotes weight loss. Apples contain almost no fat or cholesterol. There are many nutrients found in apples that are said to help lower blood cholesterol and improve bowel function and may be associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma. It is said that two apples a day or 12 ounces of 100% apple juice reduces the damaging effects of the “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Freeze Dried Raspberries

Packed with unique phytonutrients, primarily antioxidants and vitamin B, raspberries are very powerful inside that delicate frame. They are said to contain cancer protective properties. They are also said to help prevent overgrowth of bacteria and fungi within the body. According to www.whfoods.com this little fruit is an excellent source of “manganese and vitamin C - two critical antioxidant nutrients that help protect the body's tissue from oxygen-related damage. They also qualified as a good source of riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, potassium and copper. Coupled with this strong B vitamin and mineral content, raspberries qualified as "excellent" in terms of dietary fiber. This combination of nutrients makes raspberries a great fruit choice for having minimal impact on blood sugars.” Raspberries are a great summer snack. They are great when added to your favorite fruit smoothie, on top of vanilla yogurt or cereal, and even when added to a crisp summer salad.

Now that you've read some of the benefits of incorporating Freeze Dried Fruit in your everyday diet, visit www.shop.honeyville.com to see our full line of Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Fruit.

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