Dried Fruit – The Facts

beta glucanLet’s face it. Dried fruit is delicious and because it’s fruit it is a great alternative to crisps and chocolate.

However, despite the fact that it is an obvious alternative to the more conventional “unhealthy” foods, are the processes that it goes through to become dried foods destroying it’s goodness?

And, is dried fruit really as healthy for us as we think it is?

The facts:

 When fruit is “dried” it literally has all of the water removed from it.

This means that it is still the same fruit, but without the water content.

As with anything that has the water removed from it, when a fruit is dried it decreases enormously in size.

That one dried fruit however, is still in its contents the same as the bigger one.

This means that it still has the same amount of natural sugars and calories inside it.

However because the dried version of the fruit is smaller in size, our ability to eat more of them increases.

One reason for this is that our brains don’t compute the fact that it is the same fruit just without the water, and so we eat more of them to make up for the size of the initial fruit.

Yet, each dried fruit piece that we eat has the same nutritional value.

So, if we consume 20 dried fruit pieces it is the equivalent to eating 20 of that fruit, including all of its sugars and calories.

It is for this reason that people assume that dried fruit has added sugars.

However, the truth is that dried fruit really doesn’t need any sugars adding to it as it already contains enough natural sugars.

Yet if we take into consideration the fact that one piece of dried fruit (i.e an apricot) is equivalent to an actual apricot then all of the nutritional values should (in theory) be the same.

So, as long as you don’t eat too much dried fruit and get carried away, dried fruit isn’t a bad alternative to regular fruit, especially if you’re always on the go.