Is Dehydrated Food Healthy and Good for You?

Dehydrating is one of the best DIY methods of preserving food. Because the process removes moisture from food, dehydrated foods can last years when stored properly.

Because some nutrients are lost during dehydration and storage, dehydrated food is not as healthy as fresh food. However, dehydrated foods are still a good source of many nutrients.

Can Eat Produce Year Round

Dehydrating is a way to preserve produce so you can eat it year round. This benefit is particularly great if you grow your own food.

Preserves Mineral Content

Studies have found that dehydrating doesn’t hurt the mineral content of food. In particular, the iron and calcium content of dehydrated food is similar to that of fresh food. These nutrients can be challenging to get in winter, especially for vegetarians or when meat and dairy aren’t available.

Concentrated Nutrients

Because dehydrating removes moisture from food, the nutrients in dehydrated foods become concentrated. This makes getting the RDA for certain nutrients from dehydrated foods easier than fresh ones.

High Fiber

One of the nutrients which get concentrated in dehydrated foods is fiber. Because fiber is essential for cancer prevention, it’s no surprise that dehydrated food reduces the risk of colon, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and other cancers.

Some foods, like tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms, are more than 90% water. Dehydration removes the moisture from these foods but keeps all the calories intact, thus creating a very energy-dense food.

Energy Dense

High Bioavailability of Certain Nutrients

Bioavailability is your body’s ability to absorb a particular nutrient from food. Dehydrating increases the bioavailability of certain phytochemicals, such as polyphenols and tocopherols from fruits, so the body is better able to utilize them.