Is Dried Fruit as Healthy as Fresh Fruit?

June 6, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

Dried apricots

I often reach for dried fruit when in search of a healthy, but tasty snack. It’s obviously a better option than the ice cream cone I’d really rather have, but I can’t help wonder if dried fruits have the same health benefits as fresh fruits. The short answer: dried fruits are just as healthy, if you choose wisely.

Sweetened mango slices may taste just as good as dessert, but there’s a reason for that. It probably could be dessert, thanks to added sweeteners like sugar and corn syrup. These additives make dried fruit look appealing, but can really up the amount of calories you’re consuming.

Check to make sure the only ingredient listed is the fruit itself and steer clear of sulfates, a preservative that maintains color. It may not look as pretty, but brown and shriveled is a good indication that the dried fruit doesn’t have any unhealthy additives.

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COMMENTS

  1. Ultimate Skincare & Beaute Report
    June 6, 2013 at 11:09 am
  2. Linda @ Tropical Harvest

    100% correct! Dried fruit can be great for you, but only when its free from additives, preservatives and sulphur. The latter has been linked to increases in asthma attacks and is especially irritable for children.

    Naturally dried fruit, 100% sulphur free and additive free, is ideal as a chocolate or candy replacement and is incredibly flexible for those of us ‘on the go’! Luckily, there are a number of companies who are starting to see the light and it should be much easier to find a local supplier (try a local health food store) who can offer a delicious, natural alternative to the chemical-laden stuff you find in the supermarkets.

    If you’re in Australia, you can also try out your local markets – a number of stall holders across the states now stock Tropical Harvest sulphur-free dried fruit. The great news is, that we also dry our fruit at a low temperature so that it maintains the maximum amount of goodness and nutrients that our bodies love!

    You can find out more about the harmful effects of sulphur in food by following the link on our homepage: http://www.tropicalharvestqld.com.au

    Happy munching!

    June 15, 2013 at 9:07 am
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