December 12, 2017
Dried Fruit Pros and Cons
Wellness Tip

Dried Fruit Pros and Cons

by Berkeley Wellness  

Snack on dried fruits, but remember their disadvantages. Dried fruits are concentrated sources of minerals (iron, copper and potassium), beta carotene and fiber, but also sugar and thus calories.

The sugar, combined with the sticky texture, makes dried fruit particularly cavity-promoting; brushing your teeth after eating it is essential. In addition, the drying destroys most of the vitamin C and heat-sensitive phytochemicals. About one percent of Americans, primarily people with asthma, are sensitive to the sulfites that are often added to dried fruits to preserve their color.