Dried fruits: As good for you as fresh fruit?

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Dried fruits: As good for you as fresh fruit?

Question

Are dried fruits, such as apricots, just as good for you as fresh fruit?

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Answer

Like fresh fruit, dried fruit provides fiber, vitamin A and potassium. It also contains vitamin C and folate — although in smaller amounts than fresh fruit does. Perhaps the main drawback to dried fruits are that they contain more calories per serving than fresh fruits, because most of the water — which gives fruit its bulk — has been removed. For example, 1 cup of fresh apricot halves has 74 calories, while 1 cup of dried apricot halves has 213 calories. If you're trying to lose weight, use dried fruits sparingly. Also, try to buy dried fruits that are processed without added sugar.

It's important to know that some dried fruits may be preserved with sulfite, which can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. If you're sensitive to sulfites, read the label to find out if sulfites have been used.

Last Updated: 04/28/2005
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