People have been eating dried fruits for centuries. Native American Indian’s have been known to eat pemmican which is a combination of dried meats like deer and bison and dried fruits like blueberries and cranberries. They could carry it with them on their travels, and it would provide them with needed proteins and fat. To this day we see numerous benefits of eating dried fruits. Here are 7 of them.
1. They Keep Cancer Away
It has been proven that eating dried apples and dried apricots help keep cancer away. They contain phytonutrients and fibre which helps rid the body of cancer-causing agents.
2. Nature Box
A Nature Box is good and wholesome option due to its mixture of dried fruits, nut bars, and other baked treats. With Big Island Apple and Golden Apple Tea Biscuits, you are sure to get the benefit of fruits in a delicious treat.
3. Healthy Skin
This is something we all want. Studies show if you eat dried fruit, your skin will indeed look healthier. Fruits like mango contain Omega 3 and other fatty agents necessary for healthy skin and immune system. Raisins, or dried grapes, also contain resveratrol that slows skin aging. These are super fruits for healthy skin! Dried mango tastes just like a fruit snack, too. Just make sure you do not over indulge as mango is considered a starch and you may add a few pounds.
4. Grocery Bill
It may seem odd, yet the proof is out there. Buying dried fruits will save you dollars on your next grocery bill. Think about it; you waste money when your fruit goes bad, and you end up tossing it when it rots. If you purchase dried fruit, not only is it cheaper, but it does not spoil nearly as quickly. More bang for your buck. You can find dried apricots, dried apples, raisins and prunes at a lower cost than purchasing fresh apricots, fresh apples, plums and grapes in your local supermarket.
5. Potassium = Vital
Yes, we know how potassium helps to regulate our heart beat and lower blood pressure. Well eating a banal is not the only way to get potassium. Dried fruits such as apricots and prunes contain more potassium than fresh apricots and plums. This is due to water levels in plums and apricots versus prunes and dried apricots which contain virtually no water. Eat these to decrease your risk of hypertension and reducing your blood pressure. You and your doctor will be quite happy with the results you will achieve. *side note make sure you add exercise to your daily routine and not just trust the dried fruit.
6. More Fibre, Please!
Yes, fibre helps keeps us regular and full. How about dried fruits like cherries and figs are rich in fibre? Cherries are actually nicknamed the ‘antioxidant super fruit’ for being super rich in beta-carotene, folic acid, and fibre. Figs, on the other hand, are rich in iron, folic acid, and potassium. You should be adding more of these dried fruits into your diet.
7. Iron Rich
We all need iron, especially if we are vegetarian or vegan not receiving iron from red meat. Prunes and apricots contain a significant amount of iron per serving. This is great at preventing anemia, or are good to have in case you are already anemic and do not enjoy the side effects of iron pills. Raisins are also rich in iron along with potassium, magnesium and phosphorous which all help in blood circulation. If in doubt ask your doctor. They are sure to recommend apricots, prunes, and raisins to their anemic patients. It is also good for women who are pregnant since they recommend extra iron in their diet.
It seems as though dried apricots, prunes, and raisins are the super foods of dried fruits. They are rich in antioxidants, potassium, iron and plenty of other ingredients. Be sure to eat mango as well for better-looking skin. In all, dried fruit is not only good for you but good for your budget as well. Poor college students, I hope you just read that.