Cranberries are tangy with a hint of sweetness, which makes them perfect for sauces, jams, and juices. They’re normally green when raw and ruby-red when fully ripe.
But they’re not just a pretty plant. They’re bestowed with health-promoting properties for the whole body.
Wild cranberries are naturally rich in antioxidants and packed with beneficial trace minerals. Furthermore, they’re loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, fibre, and manganese.
Today, we’re going to cover wild freeze-dried cranberries. These are cranberries that have been dried in a frozen state under a high vacuum.
Freeze-drying is done to prolong the life of whole foods while retaining their original taste, colour, and nutritional value.
- The nutritional contents of freeze-dried cranberries
- The benefits of wild over cultivated cranberries
- How to incorporate freeze-dried cranberries into your everyday meals
We’ll also share some expert tips to help you max-out the benefits of incorporating freeze-dried cranberries into your diet.
1. Freeze Dried Cranberries Are Packed With Nutrients
Freeze-dried fruits don’t spoil for years. They can also be more nutritious than fresh fruits when picked at peak ripeness and freeze-dried immediately.
When fresh fruits are harvested, the ripening process doesn’t stop, which makes them lose nutrients between shipping and consumption.
Freeze-dried fruits, on the other hand, are harvested when packed with good nutrition and frozen, which halts the ripening process and keeps the good nutrients intact.
At LOOV Food, our cranberries are carefully handpicked at optimal ripeness and freeze-dried immediately to preserve their original nutritional value.
Cranberries are super-rich in nutrients that positively impact your health. They’re a rich source of the following vitamins:
- Vitamin C: They contain 13.3 mg of vitamin C per 100 g serving. Vitamin C is essential for the repair of body tissue and wound healing. It also helps in the maintenance of bones and teeth.
- Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, there’s 5.1 mg of vitamin K1 in wild organic cranberries. It provides the necessary proteins for blood clotting and the building of bones.
- Vitamin E: Cranberries contain 1.2 mg of vitamin E per 100 g. It’s an antioxidant that’s also key for healthy skin and eyes.
Wild cranberries are also loaded with essential minerals for an efficiently functioning body.
The table below shows the macro minerals content of organic wild cranberries per 100 g serving. Macro minerals are minerals that the body needs in larger amounts. It also highlights their impacts on your overall health.
|Value Per 100 g
|Impact On Health
|Regulates normal heart rhythms and muscle contractions
|Promotes energy production and supports nerve and muscle function
|Promotes formation of bones and teeth and regulates how the body uses fats and carbohydrates
|Helps maintain fluid level in cells
|Maintains a proper balance of water and minerals in the body
For normal body development, our bodies need trace minerals, also known as microminerals. These are minerals that the body requires in smaller amounts.
Trace minerals are crucial to our health and help keep the bones, muscles, heart, and brain working properly. They’re also involved in the production of hormones and enzymes.
Wild organic cranberries are a rich source of trace minerals such as:
- Iron: Essential in blood production
- Copper: Helps improve bone density
- Zinc: Supports the creation of DNA
Along with the essential minerals, studies show that cranberries are also abundant in major antioxidants. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants helps the body eliminate free radicals, improving immunity and inhibiting cell damage.
The antioxidants present in cranberries include:
- Myricetin: Reduces inflammation
- Quercetin: Protects immune cells
- Ursolic acid: Preserves muscle mass
- Peonidin: Stops the formation and multiplication of cancer cells
- A-type proanthocyanidin: Slows down ageing
The antioxidants are specifically more concentrated on the skin of the berries. At LOOV Food, we freeze-dry whole cranberry fruits including the skin to ensure that you reap the full health benefits.
2. They’re Organic
European wild-grown cranberries, also known as vaccinium oxycoccos, grow naturally in bogs and not on cultivated cranberry farms.
Vaccinium oxycoccos are completely different from cultivated American cranberries, also known by their scientific name, vaccinium macrocarpon.
According to research, the best quantity of antioxidants and mineral compounds in cranberries is influenced by aspects such as harvesting time, geographical area, and storage settings.
Organically grown cranberries are therefore richer in minerals and antioxidants since:
- They grow naturally in a cool climate with direct sunlight.
- No pesticides or additives are used in their growth.
- They’re harvested at peak ripeness when they’re packed with nutrients.
LOOV Food freeze-dried cranberries grow naturally in bogs located in Estonia. Wild cranberries are more concentrated in beneficial minerals, unlike cultivated cranberries.
The table below highlights the main differences between wild organic cranberries and cultivated North American cranberries.
|Wild Organic Cranberries
|Grow naturally without the use of any chemicals
|Grown using pesticides and fertilisers
|Dark-red skin with slightly tart flavour
|Red with a mild flavour
|Higher concentration of antioxidants due to the cool climate and natural sunlight
|Suppressed antioxidant contents due to acidic soils on agricultural land
|Handpicked and environmentally friendly
|Water footprint and carbon emissions, not eco-conscious
Because they grow in their season, wild cranberries rarely get any diseases and go through no treatment involving pesticides. This promotes food safety and low contamination risk.
3. Low in Sugar and High in Dietary Fibre
As we said earlier, organic wild cranberries retain their original taste and red colour upon freeze-drying.
The intense aroma of freeze-dried cranberry powder is reassuring because it feels like you’re having real cranberries.
Naturally, cranberries have a tart and tangy taste, so many cranberry products are loaded with sugar.
But sugar negates all the positive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of cranberries. It adds toxins into the body and promotes inflammation.
Our organic wild cranberry powder is completely sugar-free with no additives. This allows you to enjoy the full benefits of cranberries without adding extra calories and harmful products into your system.
In the table below, we look at the nutritional value of a 100 g serving of wild organic cranberries.
|Amount Per 100 g
With their low sugar content, wild cranberries contain dietary fibre, which helps you feel more energetic. Dietary fibre also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, meaning a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Dietary fibre also aids in:
- Normalising bowel movements by softening stool to decrease constipation
- Improving gut health by supporting the production of healthy gut bacteria
- Weight management by helping you feel full longer
4. Easy to Incorporate Into Everyday Meals
The many health benefits we’ve highlighted are a perfect reason to want to incorporate freeze-dried cranberries into your diet.
Our cranberry powder from LOOV Food is produced from freeze-dried cranberries, which are dried as soon as they’re harvested.
The powder bears both the fresh taste and beneficial health properties of wild cranberries.
If you’re wondering how to add this superfood to your everyday meals, there are a number of simple ways you can try.
You can add one or two spoons of the powder to your yoghurt or smoothie. You may also add a scoop into your batter when making cupcakes, cheesecakes, or even pancakes.
The powder can also be used as a natural food colour when you’re making edible decorations.
For instance, when making cream for your desserts, be inventive and add a scoop of cranberry powder. It not only has a beautiful, vivid red colour, it also comes with major health benefits.
Try this amazing smoothie recipe to refresh and detox your body.
“Great and delicious. These organic cranberries are great. I feel they give me a nice boost, I will buy again.”
Uplift Your Overall Health With Our Wide Variety of Superfoods
Freeze-dried cranberry benefits are many, and including them in your diet is simple and straightforward.
You can add them to your meals and your children’s meals and enjoy the various nutritional benefits.
Our freeze-dried cranberry powder from LOOV Food is fully organic and made from wild European cranberries. It’s lab tested and contains no additives or preservatives.
The cranberry powder can be paired with any of the following freeze-dried berry powders that are also grown wild in Nordic forests:
At LOOV Food, we have a wide variety of other superfoods to help you improve your overall health.
You can order now on our online store and contact us if you have any additional questions.
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