Most people now know about some of the health benefits of eating fruits, and even more health benefits of fruits keep popping up now and then. Lowering of blood pressure, usefulness in weight loss program, and reduction of cancer risk are some of the health benefits of fruits. These health benefits have increased people’s interest in fruits; some have even resorted to consuming dried fruits in their quest to tap into the health benefits of fruits. One begins to wonder what the health benefits of dried fruits are, which can at times be somewhat fuzzy.
One thing that is known, however, is that as the water in fruits dries up, most of their water soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C, and potassium are lost. This means that calories in dried fruits are higher than that in fresh fruits since the sugar in dried fruits are highly concentrated. Also, the lower potassium level in dried fruits means that it has lower effect in lowering blood pressure relative to fresh fruits. That is not to say that dried fruits are useless altogether.
Some dried fruits do contain preservative called sulfites, and sulfites induce serious allergic reactions in some people. However, organic dried fruits are better choice when it comes to enjoying health benefits of dried fruits.
The health benefits of dried fruits over fresh fruits include their ability to promote the health of the colon, made possible by the presence of roughage and fiber in them. Dried fruits also take long before getting spoiled, and serve as quick snack. The health benefits of dried fruits can be derived in many forms – as salad decorations, sprinkled on cereals or added to yogurt. Dried fruits are more suitable for those periods when fresh fruits may not be readily available – periods like winter. The fact that dried fruits have lesser health benefits do not matter much; at least, it is better than none when fresh fruits are not available.