BY RAO @raogf
What is Dried Fruits?
Traditionally dry fruits were dried either by sun-dried method or by dehydration using wind tunnels. Dry fruits have a long history of food safety. Dry fruits are actually dried form of fresh fruits or dry fruits can be simply explained as fresh fruits with water removed or dehydrated to retain the pulp of the fruit.
Dehydration of fresh fruits eventually, causes some of the essential nutrients to become more concentrated, and also changes overall look of fruits.
Dried Fruit is Loaded With Micronutrients, Fiber and Antioxidants
Dried fruit is highly nutritious. One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package.
By weight, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit. Therefore, one serving can provide a large percentage of the daily recommended intake of many vitamins and minerals, such as folate.
Dried fruit generally contains a lot of fiber and is a great source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols.
Polyphenol antioxidants are associated with health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases.Dried fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is also high in phenolic antioxidants, which have numerous health benefits.
Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits
Several studies have shown that people who eat dried fruit tend to weigh less and ingest more nutrients, compared to individuals not eating dried fruit.
Dry fruits also provide stamina before exercise, thereby are often recommended by fitness experts, that before hitting the gym, he/she should munch on a handful of nuts and almonds, as the nuts help in increasing metabolic rates.
If one is on a diet, Dry fruits can be opted as a great source of energy and fibre, but should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits offer.
Dry fruits without additives offer various health benefits.
Antioxidants in dry cranberries, grapes/raisins, and plums are twice as potent and full of minerals as compared to fresh fruits. The cracking thing about Dry fruits are that, they don’t contain fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Dry fruits are perfect for long trips and especially for students as they need energy to revitalize them any movement…