Dried fruit: the do’s and don’ts

There is a lot of research done about the health benefits of dried fruits, about what is too much or too little. The truth is, just like most foods, we should eat with moderation, control our portions and be aware of nutritional values.


As we enter the holiday season, dried fruits are a common ingredients in many dishes for some cultures. Some people like to use them in cakes. Others prefer to create season platters using dried fruits. Yet others, may use them to create gourmet meals. Whatever the case may be, dried fruits have their place in our diet, according to most health experts.


Because dried fruit is so much smaller than the fresh fruit from which it comes, it’s easier to consume a lot of calories eating dried fruit. Dried fruits also contain more fiber and more of the antioxidants called phenols than fresh fruit, per ounce. Fiber fights heart disease, obesity, and some types of cancer (although its possible protective effect against colon cancer is controversial).


So, by all means keep eating dried fruits: they are full of healthy nutrients. But avoid the added sugars, and keep track of calories.