Dried Fruit Health Benefits

January 30, 2019

Dried fruits generally contain more fiber than the same-sized serving of their fresh counterparts. They have no fat, cholesterol or sodium and can help to sweeten blander food without adding refined sugars. Today we’re shining the spotlight on some of our favorite dried fruit and some of their health benefits.

Apples

Apples are also a good source of the antioxidant Vitamin C that helps to maintain a healthy immune system.

 

Apricots

Rich in vitamin A, dried apricots are a good source of potassium and magnesium, two minerals that give the body endurance, energy and stamina. Apricots also contain iron, important for blood building and silicon, necessary for healthy skin and hair. 

 

Pears

Pears contain a water-soluble fiber known as pectin, which helps to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels by slowing the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine.

 

Blueberries

In general, blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants found in any fruit. Dried blueberries have been found to improve vision, clear arteries, strengthen blood vessels, enhance memory, stop urinary tract infections, and promote weight control.

 

Cranberries

Dried cranberries offer an antioxidant boost and powerful phytochemicals that have been linked to better urinary health. Research shows that cranberries also have compounds that can help protect against cavities and improve overall health.

 

Dates

Dates are low in fat and rich in vitamins, while also being high in carbohydrates and a variety of B-complex vitamins.  They’re also an excellent source of potassium, containing even more than bananas.

 

Figs

Figs are a healthy treat full of minerals like potassium, iron and calcium. They can help to regulate high blood pressure by keeping sodium levels in check and promote strong bones and teeth.

 

Crystallized Ginger

Ginger root that has been cooked until softened, crystallized ginger is then lightly coated in sugar. It is embraced as a natural remedy for reducing hot flashes and can also reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with it. It’s also long been used as a natural remedy to alleviate nausea.

 

Kiwi 

Dried kiwi is a natural digestive aid that keeps electrolytes in check by being packed with enzymes, fiber, and potassium.

 

Mango

Dried mango is rich in vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, dietary fiber, and antioxidants.

 

With a selection of over 45 dried fruits, we have something for everyone. Dried fruits also have a long shelf life (up to 12 months) and take up little shelf space.

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