Dried Fruit: The Pros and Cons

Opinions vary when it comes to eating dried fruit as a healthy snack. Some feel that dried fruit is nutritious, whereas others see it as no better than eating candy. But, what’s the truth?

Dried fruit loses water during the drying process. Some dried fruits, including apple, mango, banana and pineapple, have sugar added after the drying process. You can keep dried fruits for far longer than fresh fruits and are a handy addition to your store cupboard.

Some examples of dried fruit include:

  • apricots
  • raisins
  • figs
  • dates
  • cranberries
  • prunes
  • apples
  • mangos
  • pineapples
  • bananas

The question is, are they good for you?

Pros

  • Dried fruits are high in fiber. They can lower your blood cholesterol, relieve constipation and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  • Dried fruits contain antioxidants.
  • They’re high in iron and potassium.
  • Healthy vending snacks, like dried fruits, are readily available from machines.
  • Dried fruits with sulfur dioxide added contain vitamins A and C.

Cons

  • Sulfur dioxide present in many dried fruits destroys thiamine.
  • Many dried fruits contain sulfites, a known allergen.
  • The nutritional value can erode during treatment.
  • Dried fruits contain lots of calories.
  • Eating dried fruits can cause cavities. Always brush your teeth immediately after eating.

Taking all of the above into account, eating dried fruits is a good alternative to snacking on cookies and candies. You should always strive to eat them in moderation as you could put on weight and intake too much sugar when you eat them in large amounts. However, the bottom line is that dried fruits are overall a healthier alternative to potato chips and other ready-made snacks.

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