Today, dried fruits have been becoming more popular for their rich nutrition.
Some people say dried fruits are suitable for dieting, but others say dried fruits have so high calories that dieters shouldn’t take them.
Actually, not many people know whether dried fruits are good or bad for dieting.
So, today I’m telling you the nutrition, efficacy, calories and characteristics of dried fruits.
１. What dried fruits are about?
As it literally means, dried fruits are the fruits which were dried.
Dried fruits have concentrated nutrients because water, which makes up of a majority of a fruit, is evaporated.
Dried persimmons and raisins are the two most popular dried fruits in Japan, which have been loved for long years.
There are some fruits which skins have rich nutrition but are not best eaten fresh.
When those fruits are dried, you can eat the skin of the fruits much more easily.
Compared to fresh fruits, dried fruits are smaller and you can take with you as a snack, moreover, can be preserved longer, which are the major reasons why dried fruits have been gathering people’s attention.
Today, various dried fruits are at supermarkets.
２. Do dried fruits have high calories?
In fact, there is no difference between the calories of a dried fruit and that of a fresh fruit.
Then, why some people say it has a high calorie?
When you see the calories of dried fruits per 100g, you know the answer.
The calorie of a dried fruit and a fresh fruit per a piece is identical, but there are more pieces of dried fruits than those of fresh fruits per 100g.
So, when you want to eat 100g of fruits, you need to eat more pieces if you choose dried fruits.
That’s the logic of the idea that dried fruits have more calories than fresh ones.
In addition, there are some sugar-laden dried fruits.
So you need not only to eat dried fruits too much but also to choose dried fruits without sugar and added substances for health and beauty.
It’s said that 80kcal is a moderate intake of calorie from dried fruits per day.
３. The nutrition of dried fruits
Dried fruits contain rich fibers, antioxidants and minerals.
Fibers stay in stomach and adjust intestinal environment.
Antioxidants work to slow aging to kill active oxygen which causes aging.
As you already know, minerals are essential for your health and beauty in many ways!
However, I have one thing to let you know.
In fact, the amount of VitaminC is more in fresh fruits than in dried fruits.
This is because VitaminC drains on the way that fruits are processed.
Next, I’m focusing on the nutritions of mango and fig, the fruits that are popular among people as dried fruits.
Mango contains rich vitaminA, β-carotene, iron and fibers.
Vitamin A supports the function of eyes and prevents from arterial sclerosis.
β-carotene transforms into vitaminA when it is insufficient in your body.
Mango is effective for an anemic person or a menstruating woman for mango has rich iron.
Fig contains rich kalium, fibers and ficin.
Kalium is very helpful to relieve swollen legs, and ficin works to support digestion.
In addition, fig has a rich amount of estrogen, which has the same function with female hormones.
So, I recommend that women who are suffering from menopausal symptoms or menstrual disorder should take dried figs.
How was it?
Now you know dried fruits contain rich nutrition, but always keep in mind that dried fruits should be taken as a supplementary food or a snack .
In contrast to fresh fruits which have a function to cool your body, dried fruits are said to warm your body, and it’s nice to have some dried fruits for those who suffer from sensitivity to cold temperatures and who have to do office work in a cold office during summer.
Take a moderate amount of dried fruits, and have a healthy life!
I hope you have a good result!