Berries are healthy, delicious and packed with vitamins, antioxidants and natural fibers. People enjoy them fresh or frozen in a million different ways. However, in many cases fresh or frozen berries can be substituted by berry powders. Here are the top 5 reasons why berry powders can be better than fresh or frozen berries:
1. Available all year round
Berries are seasonal, and outside of the harvest season, it may be difficult or impossible to find them. In addition, fresh/frozen berry prices fluctuate depending on the season, availability, and demand. On the contrary, berry powders are available all year round and most importantly, at a fixed price.
2. Easy to store at room temperature
Fresh/frozen berries require specific storing conditions, and if not stored properly, they go bad very quickly. Berry powders do not have this issue. They are made of fresh berries, which are freeze-dried and powdered right after harvest. This process maintains their characteristics and allows the powders to be stored at room temperature for up to 2 years without any defects. In addition, the use of air-sealed and reclosable bags ensure long-term freshness.
3. Environmentally friendly
Storage and processing of berry powders require minimal energy as compared to fresh/frozen berries that need refrigeration or freezing. Fresh berries require washing before consumption, something that is not needed when using berry powders. In addition, often times fresh berries go bad and end up in waste. Use of berry powders can reduce food waste simply because they don’t go bad so easily as fresh berries. Last, Arctic Flavors powders are made of wild berries that are non-GMO and they grow naturally in the forests without any use of pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals.
4. Ease of use
Using fresh/frozen berries is easy, but using berry powder is easier! You just need to sprinkle it on top of your yogurt, mix it in your smoothies and shakes, and decorate your desserts with it. Read more about top 10 ways to use berry powders. In addition to that, berry powders are light and easy to take with you in the office, to a picnic, a friend’s home, anywhere.
5. Health benefits
Fresh/frozen berries that are typically sold in grocery stores are cultivated. Several studies have shown that cultivated berries, fresh or frozen, have lower nutritional value than wild berries. For example, Arctic wild blueberries are found to contain 4 times higher amount of antioxidants than cultivated blueberries. Find more information about the health benefits of Arctic Flavors freeze-dried wild berry powders, which are a true superfood.
Check out also our blog post on the process of making freeze-dried berry powder, where we also explain why blueberry powder is a great alternative to blueberry extract and blueberry supplement.
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