Dried Fruit – Nature's Candy
If you are craving something sweet, do not reach for the candy just yet. Consider trying dried fruit as a tasty (and more healthy) alternative.
There is a wide variety of dried fruit, coming from both vines and trees.
Examples of Dried Fruits:
Benefits of Dried Fruit:
-An antioxidant (especially prunes and blueberries)
-High in fiber
-High in Vitamin A, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium and sodium
-Slows progress of heart disease
-Contacts heart-protecting Omega-3 and Omega 6 fatty acids
-A lightweight and portable snack
-The store well. Six months to a year in an airtight container
-They are neat. Not like eating a juicy peach on your lunch break!
-Dried cranberries have an acid that protects against urinary tract infections (UTIs)
-Orange and yellow fruits (apricot, mango and peaches) have high levels of beta-carotene
-Raisins lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, have lots of fiber and contain tartaric acid, which protects against colon cancer.
Disadvantages of Dried Fruit:
-The drying process results in a high concentration of sugar and calories. They should always be enjoyed in moderation.
-Sometimes sugar is added to balance the natural tarty taste.
-Sulphates are added to certain fruits to keep them from darkening.
The drying process can deplete vitamin C content
-Promotes tooth decay
Dried fruits are great on their own, in cereals and in baked fruits. They also make a typical meal more exciting and presentable. With any food, moderation is key. You would not want to give up your fresh, frozen and canned fruits alike but adding more variety to your diet is the path to eating right and enjoying every healthy meal so much, you will not even miss the food that is bad for you.