Dried fruits are rich in nutrients and fiber, but low in calories, therefore great for creating a feeling of satiety and driving away hunger. A lot of people consider them very healthy snacks, but let’s not forget that they’re a healthy dose of vitamins as well, especially during winter.
If you’re not familiar with them, you should know that dried fruits are very easy to prepare and are excellent with muesli and milk, making a healthy and energizing breakfast. And if you’re looking forward to losing some weight, this is a variants you should consider.
Being rich in natural sugar – glucose and fructose – dried fruits can be moderately included in diets, as a substitute for other sources of carbohydrates, like potatoes, bread or pasta. Still, you should never forget that carbohydrates should constitute 50% of a daily, balanced diet.
Even though they seem to have only advantages, not all dried fruits are recommended!
Thus, you should avoid candied fruit, which, prior to drying, are covered with sugar or syrup.
Besides this, you have definitely noticed those attractive dried fruits in supermarkets, vivid and brightly colored. Stay away from them as well, since they’re colored with sulphites (preservatives), especially when it comes to apricots and raisins. Such substances can be harmful, leading to rashes, stomach ailments and even respiratory diseases.
OK, but what dried fruits are actually the best?
Look for dried fruits which, despite not being attractive, are organic. To be more specific, we’re talking about:
Raisins – You can consume them raw, as a snack, or include them in various dishes. they are rich in fiber and have a glycemic index between medium and low.
Dates – Are a very important source of antioxidants, potassium, iron and fiber. They have a laxative effect, facilitating the intestinal evacuation, being excellent for losing weight.
Apricots – They are very rich in fiber, vitamin A and potassium, being able to combat constipation, by stimulating the activity of the stomach, liver and, last but not least, metabolism.