What’s the original convenience food? Fruit! All you have to do is wash and eat. And guess what? Dried fruit does not even require any preparation. It is easy to pack and does not spoil. However, compared to fresh fruit, dried fruit can contain more calories by weight.
What are some of the advantages to eating fresh fruit? The water found in fresh fruit can help to full up your stomach. Fresh fruits are naturally rich in antioxidants, fiber, potassium, folate and vitamins C and A. Dried fruits have similar nutritional benefits, but the process of drying the fruit concentrates the calories and depletes some of the nutrients like vitamin C.
What are some of the benefits of dried fruit? Increased antioxidants is one. Researchers have discovered that when you dry blueberries, they actually increase in antioxidants four times. As dried fruit is high in fiber, it is helpful to diabetics, people with high cholesterol or constipation problems.
Another reason to eat dried fruits is because they are a lot healthier than sugary snacks even though they may have added sugar because of the fruit’s tartness. So consider eating a small portion of dried fruit for a simple, convenient snack.
Source: Chez Charles Newsletter, Eat a Better Snack, Iowa Extension