Health Benefits of Dried Fruit
These sweet snacks can be a tasty substitute for fresh produce, but if you're not careful, dried fruit can derail your diet.
By Everyday Health Staff
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In summer, we have access to abundant fresh produce, but what about winter? When your favorite fruits are out of season, dried fruit can serve as a healthy alternative to your typical snack.
But with dried fruits, you must pay attention to serving size. They have about the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit, but because dried fruits are concentrated, they're more calorie-dense, so it's easy to eat too much. Also, some manufacturers add sugar, so look for "no sugar added" on the package.
In addition to being available in every season, dried fruits have another big advantage over fresh: They don't require refrigeration.
So as long as you're careful with portion size, there's no reason not to enjoy dried fruit year round.
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