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Healthy, Delicious Dried Fruit

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Apples, mangoes, pineapples, figs, apricots, cranberries are just some of the fruits you can snack from a bag. Dried fruits may be an excellent alternative if you are looking for a healthy snack. Switch over from chips, candy, or chocolate bars to healthy dried fruit snacks.

Dried fruit products offer multiple health benefits. The majority of natural products generally contain more fiber than fresh fruits. For example, dried apricots contain 6.5 grams per cup, while fresh apricots offer just 3.1 grams. A cup of raisins contains 5.4 grams of fiber versus just 1.4 grams for seedless grapes.

Additionally, dried fruits contain very high amounts of nutrients. Most of the water is extracted from dried fruits and, consequently, the nutrients are condensed into a small package. The European Food Information Council has reported that dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

Dried fruits contains little to no fat. They also contain significant calories per serving, making them a natural source of energy for athletes. They are also a good supplement for people seeking to gain weight healthfully. Lastly, dried fruits offer other advantages over fresh fruits such as longer shelf life and portability.

The only red flag is the amount of calories. If you are on a weight-loss diet, dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits. Some dried fruits contain sugars added in processing which increase its calorie content. Natural organic dried fruits without additives offer much better health benefits.

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