Whether sprinkled on top of your favourite cereal or enjoyed on the go as a healthy snack, dried fruit is a great way to get those all-important nutrients in your diet. Plus, they taste delicious too.However, dried fruit has a bit of a reputation. In recent years, the dried fruit market has been in decline, with many misconceptions driving us to choose other snacking options instead1.
The truth is, dried fruit can be a healthy addition to your diet when enjoyed in moderation. Whichever dried fruit you choose, these nutritional powerhouses pack a lot of punch into a small portion.
Some methods involve adding extra sugar before the drying process, or candying once the fruit has been dried. Added sugar can make the nutritional profile of your chosen fruit a lot more calorific, so it’s worth checking the ingredients and the nutrition information before you buy.
As well as being a handy snack to have on-hand when you’re out and about, there is a range of different dried fruit health benefits to consider. These include:
All dried fruit typically provides essential micronutrients and fibre. However, some of the healthiest options include:
However, you might want to do more research into the different types of dried fruit to find an option that works for you. You don’t have to stick to one fruit either. Mixing and matching your fruit will give you a range of essential nutrients when enjoyed as a part of a balanced diet.
Last Updated: 12th October 2020