Dehydrated Fruits – Good Or Bad?
Dried fruits are really a convenient snack, a quick way to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings, and people also assume that they get the exact amount of nutritional benefits like they get from fresh fruits. The truth is “not really”! There are many studies that have been conducted to evaluate the nutrients of dried fruit and it has been indicated that they are really rich in fiber, vitamins, magnesium, potassium and calcium but before you actually fill your kitchen cupboards with them here are some facts that must be considered:-
1. You eat more than you think
In all the dried fruits, water is removed and they carry less volume than the fresh ones. For example: you would not eat 10-12 fresh apricots in one sitting, but you are likely to have a bag full of dried stuff of the same. Even though a dried apricot is a fraction of the size of a fresh one, the two contain the same number of calories and sugar. This ultimately results in overeating and ultimately disturbing the overall weight loss targets!
2. Sugar crash
To make them more palatable, dried fruits are normally loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugar—cranberries and pineapple are two of the biggest offenders. This is the major reason for making these fruits taste like a candy. The presence of this element makes them an unlikely choice for weight conscious people. To cut out added sugars, dried fruits should contain only one ingredient: FRUIT!
3. Blasting with calories and carbs
A small portion of dried fruits can make a deep impact on your daily calorie intake. Consuming an extra 250 calories per day from these dried fruits could contribute to as much as 2 pounds of weight gain in a one-month time frame. Due to the presence of excessive calories and carbs presence the consumption of dried fruits unnecessary delays the weight loss plan!
4. Gastrointestinal problems
Dried fruits are high in fiber, which is an essential nutrient to improve the regularity and promote bowel health, but too much fiber bothers your gut, especially if you do not normally consume high-fiber foods. These foods are responsible for problems like gas, abdominal cramping, bloating, constipations, and even diarrhea. Simply avoid these negative effects by restricting the intake of dried fruits to minimalistic.
5. Processing & package practices are at fault
The preservatives and packages that are used to increase the shelf life of these dried products are also very harmful from health perspectives. Sulfur dioxide, which is commonly used as a preservative in these products, has been commonly held responsible for stomach upset, allergic reactions, and even asthma attacks. Along with this, the glossy look of these fruits is accredited to an oil coating. Though it may reduce clumping during processing, the oil increases the likelihood of spoiling from oxidation.
The final judgment to the discussion can be put forward that even if these products are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber but the added drawbacks quickly offset any nutritional benefits dried fruits provide. The best time to have these hydrogenated fruits is before the workout as they high in carbs and act as a great source of energy. Check the nutrition facts before you actually decide to have these dried fruits (go for those brands that do not add any added sugars or sweeteners) and in case of doubt simply go for fresh alternatives, as they are always the best!
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