Seed goes the extra mile to freeze-dry its raw ingredients instead of using the more commonly, cheaper heat-drying process. Why?
Freeze drying locks in 98% of the original nutrients from the raw ingredients (unlike heat drying which strips most of this good stuff). The cellular make-up is not exposed to or damaged by intense heat and therefore nutrients remain safely intact.
Heat drying, as the name suggests, heats the raw ingredients to remove the water content. However when these ingredients are blasted with the intense heat, most of the nutrients are lost because they can’t survive this heat, leaving the final user with a lot of green powder that has lost a lot of its healthy properties - the equivalent of eating the cardboard box that the fruit and veges were stored in. So if you are consuming any heat dried products, sadly most of the nutrient goodness is long gone.
Freeze dried foods retain their flavour and taste more effectively than heat dried foods, because the cellular structure has not been exposed to the extremities of heat drying.
The freeze drying process costs 4-5 times more than heat drying, which is why fewer manufacturers opt to use it. The choices were either:
For seed it was a no-brainer to freeze-dry our ingredients