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Many people think that eating dried fruit is better than reaching for a bag of potato chips or even a candy bar. While this does make sense…
I’m not buying that it’s a healthy option and neither should you!
Of course, dried fruit has its benefits, like, keeping you full, relieving constipation, lowering blood cholesterol, and giving you a healthy dose of potassium and iron…
…but the long list of cons seem to outweigh all of this good stuff.
Before you go reaching for a handful of dried fruit, consider these points:
• Dried Fruit is Pre-treated & Dehydrated
In order to dry the fruit, a dehydrating process is used, which zaps the nutrients right out. Pre-treating is also needed to keep the color. Manufacturers will dip or blanch the fruit to achieve a prettier appearance.
• The Fruit Becomes Calorically Dense
What the hell does that mean? It means that dried fruit can contain up to three times the amount of calories, especially if there are added sugars. A cup of fresh apricots is about 74 calories, while a 1⁄4 of a cup of dried apricots comes in at over 300 calories!!
• It’s Easy to Overeat Dried Fruit
Since dried fruit is portable and considered a snack, many people tend to overdo it and eat too much. This can be detrimental to anyone with weight loss goals.
• Extra Sugars And Other, Un-Pronounceable Shit Are Added
As I just mentioned, dried fruit manufacturers have a tendency to sneak in sugars, dextrose, sulfites, glucose syrup, fruit juice, sorbic acid, sulphur dioxide, and paraffins. If you’re like most people, you don’t have a clue what some of those chemicals are.
Bottom line, they’re bad for you.
• There’s Also Added Fats & Oils
An easy-to-spot, tell-tale sign that there are unnecessary fats and oils, is, the shiny, greasy appearance and feel of some dried fruit. Absolutely disgusting. There’s no reason for this!
If all this hasn’t convinced you that dried fruit isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, here’s a few more reasons. These types of additives have been connected to causing headaches, thirst, nausea, high blood sugar levels, skin irritations and irritations of the digestive tract.
Instead of reaching for dried fruit, go for the actual fruit instead. With fresh fruit, you’ll get the nutrients plus an extra boost of water!
What’s your go-to fruit?