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Do you eat freeze dried fruit?

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Created April 29, 2011 at 11:22 PM

I just found this wonderful online company, but unfortunately most of their products are candy and nuts. However, they do offer a multitude of freeze dried fruits and veggies.

Plus they have dried coconut (unsweetened!) too! Win!

So I got a sample of this product: http://www.nutsonline.com/driedfruit/mixed-fruit/simply.html and found that one serving (.4 oz) is actually quite a bit of fruit. More than enough for me to add on top of homemade yogurt or cottage cheese and feel really decadent.

I've been using frozen berries when I feel like a sweet treat, but I think I might just switch to these. Serving vs. Serving, the freeze dried things have 2 carbs whereas the frozen berries have something like 20 or more.

Good idea, bad idea?

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144 · July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I LOVE JACKFRUIT! Did it have added vegetable oil? The only freeze dried jackfruit I've seen had that added so it was a no go for me.

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1702 · April 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Jack fruit! Never heard of it! I will make sure to portion it out if I ever get a larger package, the one I got was only one serving, which was really handy. I think I"ll use it as a PWO food for now. I got the box and ate them right after a nice 20 minute sprint session + 30 minute walk.

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1702 · April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, raisins are one of my favorite things to eat but I've said goodbye to them :(

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1702 · April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Hey that's a great idea!

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15976 · April 30, 2011 at 1:40 AM

I went through about two months eating a bunch of it maybe 4 years ago. Not too bad but make sure you drink a lot of water. It's really easy to consume a LOT of fiber and not even realize it cuz the little bits go down like candy.

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24523 · April 30, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Very topical! I just talked to someone yesterday who is doing their thesis on a inflammation-related trial employing freeze dried strawberries and blueberries. Here's what he said:

-Freeze dried is typically equivalent to frozen when it comes to nutrients/phytochemicals. That is, if the process does not involve heating components, which are sometimes employed (to make things cheaper, I think).

-He said that you can not tell what the freeze-drying process was like based on packaging. You would have to call the company.

-This is not from him, but my opinion: I like freeze dried fruit a lot, but overconsume it more than frozen fruit because of ease of eating and transport. It's the closest thing to candy I can find without actually being candy.

-I just picked up some freeze dried jackfruit at Whole Foods and it is delicious! The label says that jackfruit is the biggest tree-grown fruit in the entire world.

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1702 · April 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Jack fruit! Never heard of it! I will make sure to portion it out if I ever get a larger package, the one I got was only one serving, which was really handy. I think I"ll use it as a PWO food for now. I got the box and ate them right after a nice 20 minute sprint session + 30 minute walk.

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144 · July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I LOVE JACKFRUIT! Did it have added vegetable oil? The only freeze dried jackfruit I've seen had that added so it was a no go for me.

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3417 · April 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Dried fruit concentrates the acids and sugars that make fruit kind of an accessory food and not a staple food for Paleos. According to Wikipedia where I just learned about how freeze-drying works all of 15 seconds ago, freeze-drying gets rid of the water in fruits just like any other method. Seems like there's nothing special about it that would make those foods better to eat than ones dried by any other method.

That said, it's definitely not a no-no food, but drink plenty of water with it since that's what the natural fruit lost. This will help you reach satiety at about the point you would have with natural fruit. It's easy to eat a ton of dried fruit in one sitting because the loss of water volume makes it so much less filling. Overeating fruit is never a good situation if you're trying to lean out. Just do it in moderation. Or not. As Oscar Wilde said... do everything in moderation, including moderation.

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10 · May 26, 2013 at 3:49 AM

somewhat new to Paleo i have always tried to eat cleanly but have recently adopted paleo "rules", i picked up a bag of freeze dried fruit by a company called "Just Tomatoes Etc.!" www.justtomatoes.com. The fruit is good and satisfies the need for sweet/tart/crunchy without additives or preservatives.
Of course anyone who has recommendations on how to do this well, i am all ears! Laurie

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2435 · April 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Only semi- on topic, Freeze dried fruit makes a great toddler snack replacement for crackers. The ones that are sliced like fruit would be, not the little cubes, better. Trader Joe's is a good source of these. The cubes they tend to swallow whole and not digest, wasting money and tummy space.

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1702 · April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Hey that's a great idea!

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10994 · March 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Yes I do, in smoothies especially.

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5 · March 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Some people cannot eat fruit in any way at all, I am one of them. I crash no matter what, so I eat veggies. We are all different. :)

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0 · March 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Yes, I eat freeze dried fruits frequently, since I am a supplier of freeze dried food in China. If you want to eat freeze dried food everyday, you could do this business by yourself I think.

I think freeze dried food is very great and I hope everyone in the world can taste this wonderful food.

Erica

Skype: ericahwang320

erica@xmdelicacy.com

www.freezedriedfood.cc

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170 · April 30, 2011 at 12:17 AM

I have greatly reduced my dried fruit consumption and try to soak it in water when I do eat it. Loren Cordain has a chart that shows raisins are on par with M&Ms as far as sugar content. I'm also trying to reduce fruit consumption overall and increase vegetable consumption, working toward a reduction of fructose after viewing Robert Lustig's presentations. (e.g., Sugar: The Bitter Truth)

I can certainly relate to the convenience of packing dried fruit, but then the pursuit of convenience can lead to a whole heap of non-Paleo at the grocery store.

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1702 · April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, raisins are one of my favorite things to eat but I've said goodbye to them :(

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