Contributed by Jennifer Dawson

An estimated 45 million Americans adhere to some kind of diet each and every year. Aside from simply having the desire to lose weight, many individuals go on a diet to achieve additional health goals. From calming digestive discomfort to improving one’s blood pressure, there are numerous reasons to stick with a given diet. However, as you start your new way of eating, creating your new meal plan can be a bit of a challenge. If you are new to using dehydrated and freeze dried foods, check out some of the top recommendations for your current or future diet plan.

Keto dieters

Those who adhere to a Ketogenic (Keto) diet are required to significantly limit their consumption of carbohydrates. Instead of consuming breads, pastas, sugary foods, and the like, this diet encourages eating high-fat foods. More specifically, those on a Keto diet should limit themselves to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Among all freeze dried and dehydrated options, butter powder, cheddar cheese powder, and bacon flavored bits add excellent flavor and texture to many low-carb dishes. For those seeking an excellent source of protein, freeze dried diced beef and freeze dried diced chicken are fantastic in quality and taste. If you are not yet on this diet but you’ve been considering this way of eating, learn about lazy Keto and strict Keto approaches to the diet.

Gluten free diet

For those with a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, eating a diet that is free from gluten is an absolute necessity. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye (or anything that is made from these foods). Although some try to use this diet as a means to lose weight, most people who eat a gluten free diet must do so for health reasons. The protein can cause digestive discomfort, or in the case of celiac disease, damage to the small intestines. The most current estimates show that about 3.1 million people in the U.S. follow a gluten free diet. When looking at freeze dried and dehydrated foods that are safe for individuals on this diet, it is best to look for items that are naturally gluten free. Potato slices, apple slices, freeze dried meats, and dehydrated vegetables are all foods that do not contain any gluten.

Plant-based diet

As published in an article from Harvard Medical School, “plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants.” While there is no strict criteria for this kind of eating, many who follow a plant-based lifestyle are either vegetarian or vegan. Individuals who adopt this diet often do so to lose weight, lower blood pressure, reduce symptoms of diabetes, and lower bad cholesterol. Thankfully, those who are looking to incorporate freeze dried and dehydrated foods into their diets will find plenty of options. Potato slices, dehydrated applesauce, banana slices, broccoli, cabbage, mixed peppers, and beans are all fantastic plant-based choices.

Aside from the foods listed above, there are many more products available for each category. Even if the diet that you are currently on is not listed, there are freeze dried and dehydrated food options for almost everyone.