Considering what choice of dried fruit we currently have on store shelves, it is hard to imagine that only a few years ago dried fruits were present on our tables in the vast majority of winters and in the form of dried Christmas Eve compote. Today we eat them throughout the year. It is said that dried fruit is a great, healthy snack and variety in the daily diet. Is it really?
Dried fruits are sweet, because they contain a lot of natural sugar. Consumed regularly, in small amounts they help to prevent hunger attacks on sweets. In addition, they store well, you can always have them at hand, they contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Same advantages? It's still not everything.
Why is it worth eating dried fruit?
Especially apples, plums, apricots, grapes, dates are suitable for drying. The fruits can be dried outdoors, in the sun or in the oven. On an industrial scale, special drying equipment is used. At high temperature, fruits lose nearly 80% of the water contained in them. Thanks to this, they are durable and can be stored for a long time. They do not develop any fungi or bacteria in them.
And what happens with nutrients in the drying process? Dried fruits contain nutrients in concentrated form. These are mainly vitamins (although there are slightly less of them than in the case of fresh fruit), minerals and fiber.
Dried fruits are also characterized by a large content of carbohydrates and provide relatively a lot of calories. For this reason, they are ideally suited to satisfy sudden hunger. They are always at hand athletes, pregnant women. Some dried fruit is worth adding to the child's breakfast in kindergarten or school. 5 dried plums or apricots is one of the five portions of fruits and vegetables that nutrients are recommended to eat every day.
Dried fruits - an alternative to sweets?
Almost everyone knows the sudden surge of appetite for something sweet. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this, if in such moments we eat a piece of chocolate or cake. In the long run, however, it is worth finding a safe alternative (read a healthy and less calorific) for such whims. They are just dried fruit.
Caloric content of the most popular dried fruits per serving (25 grams)
Plums 54 kcal
Mango 78.5 kcal
Pineapple 47.5 kcal
Apricots 60 kcal
Dates of 70 kcal
Panties 64 kcal
Raisins 76 kcal
Dried fruits are also sweet, but they have half as much calories as chocolate or a piece of cheesecake. In addition, fiber contained in them, greatly improves digestion and intestinal function. You just need to remember to eat an extra glass of liquid, preferably mineral water, while eating dried fruits.
What to pay attention to when buying dried fruit?
When choosing dried fruit, carefully read the packaging and buy the unscratched. They are much healthier. Often used in industrial production, sulfur dioxide makes the fruit much more durable, stained but tastes worse. They are far from the true taste and aroma of dried fruit. After opening the package of sulphurous fruit you can smell a strange, acidic, unnatural smell.
The fact that fruits, nuts and dried fruit are unsightly, is usually clearly written. Pay attention to this importance, especially when giving dried fruit to children whose diet requires special attention and care for the lack of preservatives. Consumption of excessive amounts of sulfur dioxide can cause nausea and headaches.
You should also remember to choose fruits that the manufacturer did not sweeten - unfortunately, you can also buy them on the market. And in the fruit there are natural sugars, healthy for our body. So let's read the labels carefully and choose unsweetened fruits.
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