Dried Fruit Nutrition Information
Dried Fruits Nutrition Information
Dried fruits are one of the best ways to get the nutrition from fruits when fresh fruits are unavailable.The drying process makes the nutrients in the fresh fruit, like proteins, carbohydrates and dietary fiber to concentrate. The only nutrient that is lost during the drying or dehydrating process is Vitamin C, but all other nutrients remain preserved and the taste is intensified. While raisins are the most common and popular dried fruit, and dried apples, apricots, pear, peach, strawberries, cherries and kumquats are all popular alone, or in dried fruit bars and cereal and granola mixes.
Moreover,the dried fruits contain 60-70% natural sugars that can be easily digested and absorbed in the bloodstream. Dried fruits are also rich in vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, B6, and Pantothenic Acid and also furnish the body with high levels of iron, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium. And dried fruits lasts a lot longer than fresh fruit, properly sealed it can last for years and is a popular item for food storage.
Drying fruits has been one of the oldest techniques of preserving fruits. Dried fruits are lighter when compared with the fresh fruits. Moreover, dried fruits are not messy, as all the water content is removed, at the same time retaining the sugar content. There are two basic ways to dry any fruit. The easiest way is to leave it in the sun until it has reached the desired consistency, usually chewy and slightly tough. Be careful about bugs and pests, surrounding the fruit in cheesecloth can help and be sure to thoroughly wash the fruit before storing or consuming it. This method preserves more of the dried fruit nutrition, but takes longer than using a dehydrator. The second method for drying fruits are by using a dehydrator, an electrically powered mechanical kitchen appliance. Many allow the fruit to be easily put into the container before the machine is turned on. Once it’s going no other work has to be done to enjoy dried cherries, dried strawberries, dried apples, or any other dried fruit and food.