Organic almonds and organic pumpkin seeds are separately dry roasted to perfection. After cooling the almonds and pumpkin seeds are mixed with raw organic sunflower seeds, naturally sweet sun-dried organic Thompson raisins, Dried Wild Blueberries, and Dried Cranberries. They are packed in protective, convenient, re-sealable pouches. No salt is added.
EDEN dried wild blueberries and cranberries are grown on organic family farms in Quebec, Canada. The blueberries and cranberries are hand harvested, sorted, cleaned, flash frozen, infused with organic apple juice concentrate, slowly low heat dried, and then coated very lightly with a mist of organic sunflower oil to keep the berries from clumping. EDEN Organic Wild Berry Mix contains no added refined sugars, refined oils, or sulfites.
Most other roasted nuts and seeds are highly salted with harsh refined salt, many are oil roasted in inferior quality, highly refined oil. Most commercial dried fruit is treated with toxic sulfites and infused with refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
EDEN Organic Wild Berry Mix is cholesterol free and very low sodium, with no salt added. Although the nuts and seeds contain some fat, it is mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The mix is a good source of dietary fiber and protein, and rich in magnesium.
There are many health benefits associated with eating nuts and seeds according to several recent studies. Researchers at Tufts University in Boston found that most of the nutrients in almonds and their skin, when eaten together, may offer a significantly higher amount of protection than when the skin and meat of the almond are not consumed together. Studies at the University of California, Davis confirmed this and suggest that there are antioxidant compounds in the almond skin in addition to naturally occurring vitamins that may provide positive health benefits when eaten with the meat of the almond. At Kings College in London research showed that we may actually be getting less fat from almonds than was previously thought. According to the study, the cell wall of the almond may play an important role in the way the body absorbs the fat of the almond, since chewing almonds breaks down the cell wall, but at the same time leaves some of the almond intact. Dr. Karen Lapsley, senior nutritionist for the Almond Board of California says, "This is exciting new research. Because some of the almond remained intact not all of the fat was released for digestion. This suggests that almonds may be a lower calorie food than suspected because not all of the calories from fat are absorbed."
The USDA recently rated 'wild' blueberries #1 in antioxidant activity, and found that the high phenolic content in cranberries delivers a potent antioxidant punch, rating it one of the highest out of 20 common fruits rated. To determine the antioxidant activity of various foods, the USDA uses a system referred to as Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). By testing the ability of foods and other compounds to subdue oxygen free radicals the USDA was able to determine each compound's antioxidant capability. The ORAC value of wild blueberries is 2,400 and cranberries is 1,750.
EDEN Organic Wild Berry Mix is a delicious, healthy and versatile snack that can be used to make your own homemade granola, granola bars, on cereals, and in making popcorn balls and caramel corn treats.