If you're overindulging in dried fruit, you may want to dial it back. Find out why in this slideshow.
The Pros and Cons of Dried Fruit: Is it Healthy?
A Little Background
Dried fruit is exactly what it sounds like: dried, dehydrated fresh fruit. Dried fruits undergo a series of processes before packaging, contingent on the particular fruit. Most are pretreated to keep their color and dipped or blanched in a variety of substances such as ascorbic acid, pectin or juices.
Dried fruits are calorically dense.
One cup of fresh apricot halves has 74 calories, while about 1/4 cup of dried apricot halves (its equivalent) has 313 calories (more than four times the amount).
Similarly, one cup of fresh grapes has 60 calories, while about 1/4 cup of raisins has 130 calories!
All in All...
While nibbling on dried fruits can be a great alternative to munching on cookies, crackers, candies and other snacks, consume them in moderation; just because they're fruit, doesn't mean you should eat them in bulk. When eaten in large quantities, the calorically dense snack can contribute to weight gain.
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Dried fruits have both pros and cons when it comes to your health. Many people assume that opting for dried fruits is always a smart choice. While it can be a good alternative to chips and candy, there are a few things you should know before reaching for that box of raisins.
Check out our slideshow above to discover whether or not dried fruits are a healthy snack.