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Are you Fond of Dried Fruits? & Here are the Health Benefits!

Dried fruits are tasty and healthy snacks. They can be the best substitutes for unhealthy snacks such as candies and chocopies.

However, there is a myth surrounding the consumption of these fruits. Most people believe that they are unhealthy and can cause weight gain.

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There is no such scientific evidence claiming that they are not fit for consumption, on the contrary, dried fruits are one of the healthiest snacks rich in nutrients.

What are Dried Fruits?

They are prepared by removing water content from the fresh fruits through the process of drying. It can be natural sun drying or by using drying equipment.

As all water is removed from the fruit, it shrinks in size and all nutrients get concentrated in the small dried fruit.

Benefits of Drying

One of the main benefits of drying is that the fruit can be preserved without refrigeration for a longer period of time.

Apart from this, they are tastier, light in weight and easy to carry. You can put them in your pocket and have it whenever you crave for any unhealthy sugary snacks.

In this way, you will also get the daily dose of vitamins and minerals. And this may be one of the reasons why they are expensive than the fresh ones!

Dates, dried apricots, prunes, raisins and dried figs are the common and most healthy ones.

Apart from this, some other dried fruits that are less common are dried mangoes, apples, pears, pineapple, cranberries etc.

Benefits of Dried Fruits

If you think that they contain less amount of nutrients than the fresh fruit then you are wrong.

They contain the same nutritional content and value as that of fresh fruits but in a concentrated form. Apart from this, they also contain fibre.

They are rich in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, folate, polyphenols etc. However, vitamin C content is lost during the process of drying.

1. Dried Fruits Improve Blood Circulation and Prevent Cancer

They are rich in antioxidants, which removes free radicals from the body and protects us from the oxidative damage.

Dried Fruits
Dried Fruits

These free radicals can also increase the risk of cancer and accelerate the ageing process.

Eating a handful of them can actually save you from many serious diseases and can also improve your blood circulation.

2. Aid in Weight Loss

Dried fruits help in weight loss. Having these healthy snacks instead of those sugar-coated pies, candies etc, will help you to lose weight.

They will suffice your unhealthy cravings and will also supply your body with nutrients at the same time. They are also rich in fibres, which suppresses your appetite. All this will help you to lose weight in a healthy way.

3. Normalizes High Blood Pressure

They are a rich source of potassium so they can help you to maintain a proper blood pressure. Potassium is also good for the normal functioning of heart and blood vessels.

They are also rich in fibre which removes bad cholesterol from the body. So you can have them for a better heart.

4. Good for Diabetics

These healthy fruits are rich in copper, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins which protect us from the damaging effects of high blood sugar.

They also kill your unhealthy sugar cravings and are rich in fibres.

Organic Dried Fruits
Dried Fruits Benefits

5. Prevents Constipation

Dried plums, also known as prunes have many health benefits and one of them is that they help in improving bowel movement.

Prunes are rich in fibre and sorbitol which increase bowel movements. In fact, if you don’t like to have psyllium as a remedy for constipation, then the tasty option are dried plums.

6. Treat Iron Deficiency Anaemia

You must have heard about the many health benefits of dates and among them is the prevention and treatment of anaemia.

Dates are rich in iron and many other important nutrients. Dates are nature’s best source to increase your haemoglobin level.

Pregnant women must have dates as a ritual since the need for iron and the consequent risk of anaemia increases. (However, you can consult your gynaec when to start having dates during pregnancy.)

7. Cautions While Eating Dried Fruits

They contain natural sugars in a concentrated form that makes them more sweet and tasty.

However, you must not go over with them as overeating may pose a risk of type 2 diabetes. So always keep an eye on the quantity that you are consuming.

8. Be Aware of Sugar Coated ones

Most commercially available dried fruits are coated with sugar to make them more appealing and tasty.

Avoid all these kinds of fruits as they can cause more harm than doing good. Read the package well before purchasing packaged fruits.

Bottom Line:

These dried fruits can prove to be one of the best nutritional supplements and tasty snacks. They aid in weight loss and treat many body ailments.

They can be easily stored and carried as well. Excess consumption can have reverse effects.

Nowadays organic fruits are available, which are free from pesticides and other harmful chemical substances.

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  1. Vishal Bhavsar says

    Yes, As per my Opinion this Article is nice.This is very interesting items for fruits . this is very helpful for healthy. Dried fruits are healthy and are a great substitute for unhealthy snacks.

    1. somaraghavendra says

      Hi Vishal! We are glad that you liked our article and appreciate your knowledge on dried fruits. Having dried fruits with nutritionist suggestion will help you keep healthy. Keep following our blog to know more health information.

  2. Arvind Yadav says

    Really amazing and informative. Dried fruits are healthy and are a great substitute for unhealthy snacks. Your blog has nicely explained everything about dried fruits its precautions, benefits, cautions etc.

    Thank you for this informative post.

    1. shama says

      Hi Arvind, Thanks for writing to us. Your feedback is always valuable to us.

  3. Florian Robert says

    This is good news for the sweet-toothed people like me, i can have a snack whenever I want to. I think that it’s true whatever healthy food you eat that if you eat to much it’s going to have bad effects.

    1. shama says

      Hi florian, Thanks for writing to us. Your feedback is always valuable to us.

  4. Are you Fond of Dried Fruits? Here are the Health Benefits! – The Weight Loss Talk

    dried fruits can prove to be one of the best nutritional supplements and tasty snacks. They aid in weight loss

    1. shama says

      We are glad to receive your feedback. Eat right and keep following Truweight!

  5. Steven Brewstet says

    Nice Article…

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for writing to us. Dried fruits are blessed with health benefits and we are glad to bring them to you. Keep following our blog and do keep writing to us.:)

  6. faryal siddique says

    When I was looking through the dry fruits recipe and benefits I came to think about this blog. This Blog Literally helped me about dry fruits thoughts thanks must follow them for interesting for dry fruits information.

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Faryal,

      Thank you for writing to us. Keep following our blogs for more such articles. 🙂

  7. online dry fruits lucknow says

    Dry fruits are healthy and rich in fibre and a great source of protein.Thanks for sharing this post..

    1. mehnaz says

      Thanks for writing to us. Yes, dry fruits can have many health benefits as mentioned in the blog. And the best part, you can have them easily without any preparation. Keep following us and do keep reading our blogs. 🙂

  8. Heema says

    Quite healthy articles and their benefits,thank you for sharing.

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Heema,
      We’re glad that you liked our article. We hope now your diet includes more of dried fruits. For more such articles on health and recipes, keep following our blogs and do keep writing to us. 🙂

  9. Delightnuts says

    Worthy information, hope these tips would give better results. We may also include dry fruits and nuts in our daily diet routine to maintain a better healthy diet. As you have mentioned dry fruits and nuts fulfill the diet

    1. mehnaz says

      Yes, there are many health benefits of dried fruits. Like mentioned in the blog, dry fruits can be helpful in weight loss, improving diabetes as well as fighting high blood pressure. So take them in right amounts and enjoy all the benefits of dried fruits. Thank you for writing to us. Keep following our blogs for more articles on health, recipes and weight loss tips.

  10. Sushmita says

    Above article about dry fruits are quite good but i want to know more about more fruits which are useful for our body. Thank you.

    1. mehnaz says

      Hi Sushmita,
      There are many benefits of dried fruits that make them a healthy choice. There are in fact, many other fruits and vegetables in nature that can be beneficial to your health. To know more about different fruits, food groups and diets you can follow our blogs here: Also, don’t forget to check out our collection of healthy recipes here:

  11. Foodzu says

    Dry fruit is filled wth essential nutrients required for healthy functioning of the body. A very informative article. Thanks for sharing some of the valuable information about dry fruits with us.

  12. Muheet says

    Dry fruits are healthy and rich in fibre and a great source of protein. Hence they have the great effect in our body and maintain the body nutrients as well.

  13. Rajesh Bhatt says

    Can I dip the Dry fruit into the water
    and take it in the any time
    what effect in the boy

    1. mehnaz says

      Soaking of dry fruits will enhance the taste besides improving the nutritional quality. For better understanding of dry fruits, you can read about Almonds
      and Raisins

      1. Daksh says

        nice blog ,

        1. Soma Raghavendra says

          Hi Daksh! Thank you, Keep following our blog to know more health information.