Prunes, raisins, dried figs, dried apple slices ... you are spoiled for choice! Dried fruit is tasty, full of energy and more practical to be eaten than fresh fruit, as well as being available in every season of the year. In addition, today we also know that people that eat more dried fruit also has better indicators of body health, as emerges from a scientific research that appeared in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics thanks to the work of a team from Pennsylvania State University (Sullivan et al., Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oct 2020).
Dried fruit has several benefits. First of all, it is practical to take with you everywhere and can be eaten at any time. Not only that, dried fruit is available all year round, allowing you to eat fruits such as plums, figs or peaches even when it is not in season. Then, dried fruit preserves, if not even maximizes, the healthy properties of fresh fruit, providing fiber, antioxidants and mineral salts such as potassium. Therefore, the researchers wondered what benefits a daily intake of dried fruit might have on health. To understand this, data from 25,590 people were used, all participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey program, aimed at assessing the health and diet of adults and children in the United States over time. In fact, the study participants were asked to indicate, each day, what they had eaten in the previous 24 hours. In addition, the volunteers were constantly monitored by measuring blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index. What emerged was that those who used to consume dried fruit had lower values ??of all these indicators as well as following a healthier diet with a greater consumption of fruit, including fresh fruit, unsaturated fats and fibers.
Hence, eating dried fruit has a beneficial effect on the body's health indicators and also appears to lead to an overall healthier diet. But you need to have some attention. In fact, dried fruit is more caloric than fresh fruit so, although raisins and other types of dried fruit are healthy, it is good not to overdo the quantity. In addition, always choose natural dried fruit with no added sugar.