Freeze-dried foods provide nutrition for soldiers in combat and astronauts in space, as well as being included in many commercially prepared products. Their lightweight quality makes these foods convenient and in most cases the nutritional benefits remain close to those of the fresh state.
Freeze-dried fruits have antioxidant phytochemicals almost as high as the fresh fruit, reports the American Institute for Cancer Research on MSNBC.com.
To get the nutritional benefits of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, the correct serving size is about 1/4 cup, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Freeze-dried fruits maintain vitamins such as E and contain folic acid, which help prevent cancer.
Foods containing vitamin C tend to have lesser amounts of the vitamin in freeze-dried form as compared to fresh.
Freeze-dried food products don't need any preservatives or additives, according to Honeyville Food Products. The freeze-drying process allows food to maintain its nutritional value while also providing a long shelf-life.
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