Dried Fruit Nutrition, Health Benefits and Uses
Dried fruit can be used in so many ways – baked goods, handy snacks, gorps and trail mixes to name a few.
But are you aware of the health benefits in dried fruit nutrition?
Popular Dried Fruit Nutrition Components
- Raisins. Raisins contain phytochemicals and boron. Phytochemicals benefit oral health by fighting bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Boron is beneficial to bone health. Mix raisins with your favorite nuts! You’ll have a high-energy, protein and fiber packed snack. Best of all, it’s a quick and easy homemade snack.
- Figs. Figs are a high source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. The fiber in figs is associated with improved digestive health. It has also been shown to have anti-clotting, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer and lipid lowering properties.Â For the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened figs. Research conducted at the University of Innsbruck in Austria suggests that as they ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, antioxidant levels actually increase.
- Apricots. Apricots are rich in carotenoids like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is important for healthy eyes, skin, and a strong immune system. Apricots are low inÂ calories, too. Three medium apricots contain about 50 calories.
- Prunes. Prunes are rich in phenolic compounds. The phenolic compounds in prunes promote bone health. Prunes are also a good source of potassium. These qualities make prunes an excellent snack for active people.
- Dates. Dates are high in antioxidants and proanthocyanidins. Antioxidants protect cells against free radicals. Proanthocyanidin compounds are strongly associated with cardiovascular health. Here in the U.S., dates are added to pudding, breads, spreads, and even sparkling date juices.
- Peaches. Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for the retina and in maintaining healthy eyes.
Dried Fruit Nutrition Chart
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