Today's Blog question comes from Diane on twitter (@pbkup). Question was: Pertaining to dieting, is Dried Fruit good for you?
Answer: Well the answer is Yes & No. What do you say? Dried fruit is sweet, chewy and delicious and is a good source of concentrated vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and.....calories.
Because dried fruit is a concentrated source for good things...it's alot of calories in a small "package". So limit the dried fruit to topping on your unsweetened yogurt or as a sweet addition to your trail mix/nuts. In small amounts, dried fruits provide a portable source for carbohydrates & calories that is needed while hiking or after a workout but remember that the calories are compact.
A tiny warning about dried fruit. Pick an organic, unsweetened option. Did you know that most dried fruit contains many additional ingredients to make them sweeter & last longer on the shelf? Common additives in one dried fruit mix are:
Tart Cherries, Diced Apple, Diced Apricots, Raisins May contain 2% or less of: Sugar, Sunflower oil, Rice flour, Sulphur dioxide for color retention, Potassium sorbate as a preservative, and contains sulfites.
Look for naturally dried fruit and mix with nuts for a healthy on the go snack. Perfect to throw into your gym back for post-workout (see blog post below!) Use as a naturally sweet addition to a high protein snack not as the main ingredient.
Teri Lang Patterson
Certified Fitness Instructor & Coach specializing in Aqua Power Training, Kickboxing, Weight Training & Yoga.
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