VegEase Vegetable Powders - Freeze Drying and why we love it
Our VegEase Freeze dried Vegetable powders for kids are a great way to supplement your child’s diet to make sure they are getting the nutrients they deserve. Our powders maintain the natural taste of the original vegetable and so our little ones begin to acquire the taste of vegetables educating their taste for future health.
But what is freeze drying?
Freeze drying vegetables involves removing 90% of their water content. This extends the life of the vegetables while still maintaining the nutrition and freshness. The freeze drying process means that the vegetables are picked when ripe, and then quickly frozen to lock in the nutrients and then dried to preserve. Freeze drying is better than any other form of drying as it does not involve heat and therefore preserves the nutrients, taste and colour at the vegetable once pocked – This means that the heat sensitive vitamins like beta carotene, vitamin C and antioxidants like anthocyanins, flavonoids and polyphenols remain unaffected. It also maintains the pre-frozen levels of fiber, which is great for gut health.
We’ve all experienced the same story where by we've had the best intentions, buying amazing produce only to take them home and have them sit in the fridge to wilt. This does not happen with our kids range of VegEase freeze dried powders; they are always fresh.
Our freeze dried vegetables have several nutritional benefits as discussed but they can also be a quick and convenient way to eat more plant based vegetables and get many different types of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Convenient because there is no need for prep and can be stored at room temperature so they also save on fridge space.
VegEase freeze dried, raw vegetable powders are smaller than their whole form; sometimes to a 12:1 ratio. They are a convenient way to supplement meals and to make healthy snacks that look and taste amazing. Just add as much or as little as you and your toddler like while you prepare your little one’s meals.
*Research conducted by Sheffield Universtiy in 2013 measured the nutrients in freeze dried , chilled and fresh Strawberries, found that refrigerated fruit retained only 20% of their antioxidants. While freeze drying no significant impact on their nutrient content, the freeze dried strawberries retained all their vitamin C and polyphenols and 92% of their antioxidants.