Are dried fruits healthy?

| October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

All of us are aware of the fact that fruits are of immense significance in the diet of a health-conscious person; but sometimes having an apple each day becomes a difficult task. Dried fruits, however, come with their own indisputable health benefits. Delicious and sweet, you can snack on them anytime and they, in turn, offer both nutrition as well as convenience. But it is important to be careful and be aware of the sugar and extra calories that some dried fruits contain.

More On Dried Fruits

These shriveled wonders are made by removing the water content of certain fruits. The fruits can be either dried naturally under the sun or a machine called dehydrator can also be used. In certain cases, the fruit is sweetened before subjecting them to dehydration. Dried fruits are available in large varieties and they retain enough nutrients even after they have been dried. Moreover, dried fruits can provide our bodies the antioxidants it requires.

Nutrition

As a matter of fact, calories contained in half-a-cup of dried fruits are much higher than the calories that are contained in half-a-cup of whole fruits. Dates and raisins are highest in calories, amongst the dried fruits that are unsweetened. Dried fruits that have added sugar are even higher in calories. Dried fruits also contain minerals and vitamins in concentrated amounts. For instance, dried bananas have magnesium in large concentration. Similarly, apricots have beta-carotene and potassium in large amounts. Dried fruits also contain high amount of antioxidants and fiber.

Nutrient Loss

Sadly, some nutrients get lost during the drying up process of fruits, particularly, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A.

Best Dried Fruits

Some dried fruits are undoubtedly healthier than others. Here is the run-down.

Raisins: Raisins offer 70% pure fructose and they are cholesterol free, fat free, and low in sodium. They also provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, potassium, iron and calcium. Raisins also help with healthy teeth, gums and bone density. The main ingredient in raisins is olenolic acid, which is a phytonutrient. Raisins are also good for eye sight.

Apricots: Apricots offer dietary fiber and beta-carotene boost. Apricots are also a good source of magnesium, iron, phosphorus, silicon, calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. They also contain a powerful antioxidant known as Lycopene.

Dates: Dates are rich in iron, fiber, potassium, vitamin A and B, calcium, phosphorous and copper. However, they are higher in calories as compared to those available fresh but they are really helpful for people who suffer from fatigue, anemia or constipation. They also prevent abdominal cancer.

Cranberries: Cranberries are well known for their high content of antioxidants, which is very important for cutting down the bad cholesterol and fighting infection. Cranberry juice can help in preventing tumors and for cleaning urinary tract. Dried cranberries are easily available and they can be served in cereal, oatmeal and salad.

Prunes: Prunes are an excellent source of vitamin K, copper, fiber and potassium. Prunes are great for people who are struggling with blood sugar levels and weight loss. Prunes are helpful in preventing a variety of diseases such as colon cancer, atherosclerosis, osteoarthritis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

 

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