There are some things we’ve learned over the years to be true. Like that one needs to drink at least 8 glasses of water, avocados take forever to ripen and then you miss it if you want a healthy snack, dried fruit is the way to go. However, just like everything in life, everything has its pros and cons. That is why we’re showing you all you need to know about this tasty treat. This way, the next time you go for dried fruit, you’ll be making an informed decision.
What is Dried Fruit?
Quite simply put, it’s fruit that’s been dehydrated and almost had all of the water content removed. This causes the fruit to shrink leaving you with a small energy-filled dried fruit. Most common types of dried fruit are raisins, dates, prunes, and apricots. But there are a ton more dried fruit out there if you know where to look. That being said, let’s get to the good stuff.
What are the pros and cons?
- Because of its nature, dried fruit is super convenient when you want to have fruit while on a long trip. Or as a healthy stash at your desk, as it won’t spoil as quickly as fresh fruit would.
- Excellent source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols as well as minerals like iron and potassium.
- By weight, this snack has up to 3.5 times the fiber, minerals and vitamins fresh fruit has.
- While the drying process makes this “healthy” snack last much longer than it’s fresh counterpart, it does rid the fruit of most of the Vitamin C in it, along with other heat-sensitive phytochemicals. This makes it not the best choice if you’re trying to help your body defend its self during flu season.
- Because of the condensed sugar content, and the general stickiness of dried fruit, brushing your teeth right after snacking on some is a must. That’s if you don’t want a trip to the dentist for a regret-filled cavity filling session.
- Although this one is a minority, you should know that if you have a sensitivity or an allergy to sulfites, you should stay away from this treat. To preserve the color of the fruit in the drying process, sulfites are often added. This won’t do your body any good if it’s sensitive to sulfites.