So what makes dried vegetables great super foods?
Super foods are all about quick calories and therefore quick energy; dried vegetable will give you just that! Whenever you feel drained and need to quickly replenish your energy, you can always call on your dried kale, spinach, pumpkins or any other dried vegetable and you won’t be disappointed. They are highly concentrated in nutrients, sugars and calories; so whether you’re going skiing, biking, hiking or sightseeing, you’ll greatly benefit from a snack made from dried vegetables.
Drying doesn’t alter the nutritional value of vegetables. One cup of fresh vegetables, if dried, will give a smaller volume of vegetables yes, but the nutritional values of the two samples remain similar. Contrary to popular belief, dried vegetables actually retain every bit of fiber and iron. Fiber protects us from certain types of cancers such as colorectal cancer and gastrointestinal cancer among others. Moreover, dried vegetables contain NO cholesterol, NO sodium and NO fat. They also contain no preservative additives.
Safe preservation and storage
Drying has been used since time immemorial and is widely accepted as one of the safest methods of preservation. Dried food can be stored for a much longer time without spoiling or decaying. Remember that this is pure drying; no chemicals are added to hasten the drying process. Today it’s even better because there are modern, more efficient dehydrators. This provides a great alternative to canning and even freezing.
Dried vegetables are easy to pick and consume. You don’t need to refrigerate them nor do you need to process them before consuming. If you have dried kale for example, all you have to do is soak the dried pieces in fresh water and then you can proceed with normal cooking. Actually, some dried vegetables like paper can be added to food in their dry form; no additional processes at all. Dried vegetables are also not sticky, don’t weigh much and take much less pace compared to their fresh counterparts.
Super foods are foods believed to be nutritionally dense and therefore good for a human health. People are increasingly incorporating the likes of broccoli, cinnamon, oats, spinach, beans and pumpkins in their diets just for their ability to prevent and even cure some well known health problems. Super foods are known to reverse numerous effects of aging including hypertension, Type II Diabetes, Cardiovascular complications and certain types of cancers.
If you are looking for perfect super foods; rich in nutrients, light, easily available, safely preserved and free of harmful additives, dried vegetables are a wonderful choice.