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What's the difference between Freeze Dried & Dried Fruits

Freeze-dried fruits and dried fruits are both types of fruit that have undergone a dehydration process to remove moisture, but they differ in the specific method used and the resulting texture, nutritional content, and flavor.

Freeze-dried fruits are made by quickly freezing the fruit, then subjecting it to a vacuum that removes the water in the form of vapor. This process allows the fruit to retain much of its original color, shape, texture, and flavor while removing up to 98% of its moisture content. The resulting freeze-dried fruit is crunchy and light, with a shelf life of up to several years. Freeze-drying preserves most of the nutritional content of the fruit, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

On the other hand, Dried fruits are typically made by air-drying or sun-drying the fruit, which can take several days or weeks. This process reduces the moisture content of the fruit, making it less perishable, but can also cause it to shrink, lose some of its nutrients and flavor, and become denser and chewier. Some dried fruits may also contain added sugars or preservatives to enhance their taste and shelf life. While dried fruits are still a good source of fiber and some nutrients, they generally have a lower nutrient density than fresh or freeze-dried fruits. In summary, freeze-dried fruits are a crunchy and flavorful snack that retain most of their original nutrients, while dried fruits are chewy and less perishable but may have lower nutrient content and added sugars.

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