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Is Dried Fruit Good for You?
A popular snack for many, and used in many recipes, but what is it, and is dried fruit good for you?
Dried fruit is simply fruit that has had most of its water contents removed.
While the fruit is drying it shrinks and leaves an energy-dense fruit that can be preserved for much longer than fresh.
Dried fruit not only tastes great, it is also highly nutritious, and a convenient handy snack that is perfect for lunchboxes and on the go.
The most popular types of dried fruit include raisins and sultanas (dried grapes), apricots, dates, prunes (dried plums), and figs.
Let’s look at each in turn, and explore dry fruits benefits, dried fruit calories, and see if we can answer is dried fruit healthy?
Is Dried Fruit Healthy?
Packed with health giving fibre and antioxidants. You can find up to 3.5 times more fibre, vitamins and minerals in dried fruit as opposed to fresh.
Since fruit naturally contains high levels of sugar that becomes more concentrated once dried, it is recommended to stick to your daily allowance. You can find details of portion sizes in our article: Put a New Face on 5 a Day with Delicious Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit Calories
A source of Vitamin B3, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper and manganese.
A daily portion of apricots 30g (approximately 3) contains only 56 calories, and the reason why it’s one of the best dried fruits for weight loss.
Dates are a good choice to snack on when you want to prevent overeating as they are said to provide you with the longest satiety. They are also a rich source of important heart health nutrients magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6.
A daily portion of apricots 30g (approximately 3) contains only 81 calories.
Dried plums (or prunes) contain 7g of dietary fibre per 100g. They help keep you regular improving intestinal peristalsis, to help the body rid waste and toxins.
3 prunes (30g) contains 72 calories.
Also known as dried grapes, Raisins contain iodine, and are a source of vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper and manganese.
100 g of the product contain 272 calories and only 0.4g of fat.
Browse our range of Dried Fruit and find out more about each product here.