Are You Eating Dried Fruit?

How does a dried fruit compare to usual fresh fruit? the answer, will be surprising to most of us.

It is believed that one piece of dried fruit contains the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit.

What is Dried fruit?

Dried fruit is fruit that has had almost all its liquid removed by either natural sun tanning or by a dehydration process.  The fruits shrink during the dehydration process but does not loose majority of its nutritional value. Although they are smaller in size, it is said that by weight, dried fruit contain 3.5 times more fibre than fresh fruits.

What are the benefits of a rich fibre diet to our humanely bodies?

Well, fibre slows down the rate which sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. The sugar absorbs slower in foods with high fibre count, decreasing the risk of high glucose levels in your blood.

common myths and believes among people, point towards the fact that dried fruit contains higher calories, because it has a higher sugar content. According to nutritional facts, dried fruit has no more sugar or calories compared to the same type of fresh fruit.  Also, dried fruit is a excellent source of fibre, iron, potassium and antioxidants. Making it a perfect addition to any diet.

Dried fruit is a natural and healthier choice of snack, compared to other snacks out there.

Here are a couple of healthy and insightful fun facts about dried fruits:

  • The dark colour of fruits such as cranberries is associated with being rich in phytonutrients (phytonutrients – a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to the human health and help prevent various diseases)
  • 1 prune provides you 3% of your daily recommended fibre intake
  • Dried apricots are a great source of iron
  • A snack like dried applies contain much less calories than your regular snack choices
  • Dried fruits do not contribute to weight gain

Now that you have a bit more insight about dried fruits, hopefully most of your questions are answered and myths have been busted. The only question you are left with now is, how will you incorporate dried fruit into your current diet?