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Superfoods

What are superfoods?

Superfoods are the most used foods for thousands of years by native peoples to heal the mind and body. These are mostly virgin foods, with high nutrient content, rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and phytochemicals, energy, antioxidants, control of infections and the gastrointestinal system and its related.

Enhancing the Body

These natural compounds have extensive therapeutic potential, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants and are low calorie density. By consuming them, it improves our health like our immune system, helps to detoxify and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Micro-lots of Unique Origin

At Permatree Superfoods we focus on micro-lots of unique origin, from territories of the southern Ecuadorian Amazon. Which being a mega diverse biodiversity hotspot, is ideal for the production of superfoods endemic to the climate.

From the Ecuadorian Amazon with its humid tropical climate, which produces tropical fruits and medicinal plants, we offer quality functional products and beneficial properties for the health and wellness of the body.

More than just organic

We go further than just organic. Fully transparent processes, from seed to value-added superfoods. No agrochemicals: zero pesticides, zero herbicides and zero chemicals.

All this process is to prevent the product from undergoing any transformation in its natural chain with added ingredients such as: sugar, milk, salt, seasonings, among others. That all they do is lessen the effects of the antioxidants of fruit and plants, which help eliminate free radicals found in the bloodstream.

Be careful with fake superfoods

There are no set criteria for determining what is and what is not a superfood. Scientists claim that use of the term “superfood” is largely a marketing tool, with no root in academic research. But keep in mind that the same scientists also work for big Pharma or fast food industries…

Consuming foods that are packed with nutrients is a good idea. But the key to a healthy body and nutrition-diet is to consume a variety of nutritious foods in the right quantities. Also you want to keep the body in movement. WHO recommends 10’000 steps / 8km activity on a daily basis.

Another general criticism of the use of the term “superfood” is that, while the food itself might be healthful, the processing might not be. For example, when green tea is freshly brewed, it has several antioxidants. Commercially manufactured bottled green teas, however, are often cut with inferior teas and brewed with copious amounts of sugar. Many kinds of “super-juices” squeezed from acai berry, noni fruit and pomegranate can also include large amounts of added sugar. Similarly, whole grains are often processed so that they’re more palatable, but it makes them less healthful. For example, instant whole-grain oats are as unhealthy as overly processed white bread, in that they quickly spike sugar levels in the bloodstream once consumed, promoting insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes

dehydrated bananas permatree Ecuador

Dehidrated Bananas

We have been experimenting dehydrating our sweetest bananas – guineo ceda. Dried fruit is fruit from which the majority of the original water content has been removed through the use of our electrical dehydrator. Dried fruit has a long tradition of use dating back to the fourth millennium BC in Mesopotamia, and is prized because of its sweet taste, nutritive value, and long shelf life. Dried fruits retain most of the nutritional value of fresh fruits.

Here are some of our tests and learnings:

6 Bananas per tray. 12 Bananas go into 2 trays. Temperature for the dehydrator is 80 degrees Celsius during 7 to max 8 hours depending on the thickness of the banana pieces. Output is with 12 bananas about 1.2lb/0.6kg

We started using silicone pads so that the banana pieces do not stick so much on the stainless steel. The high amount of natural fruit sugar of our bananas (120 calories and 17 grams of sugars) does not help there either. We will test the cooking-papers too as alternative to the silicone pads which most likely contain hormones IMHO.

Sugar

Regarding the topic of sugar in fruits. Did you know that fruit contain natural sugars, which are a mix of sucrose, fructose and glucose? Fructose is only harmful in excess amounts, and not when it comes from fruit. Fruits are an excellent source of fibre. An average banana will provide 20-25% (6g) of your recommended daily fibre intake. Getting enough fibre in the diet is important for protecting against bowel cancer. Fruit is also a good source of other nutrients such as potassium, which can help lower blood pressure, and flavonoids, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Conclusion

Fruits are the real HEALTHY-FAST-FOODS for you between the meals. And dehydrated fruits are a healthy and practical option because it retains most of the nutritional value of fresh fruits. Fructose (sugar) from fruit is not harmful.

Dehydrated Organic Bananas At PermaTree in Ecuador