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.