Dried fruits are a true concentrate of nutrients and energy, and because they contain minerals and vitamins, they should be used as the dietary food. The difference between dried fruit that has shell (walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts) and those that are soft (figs, dates, apricots) in the amount they contain. The 100 g in peanuts has 680 calories, while the dried figs or apricots have 250-300 calories, which is less than half (but still a lot!). Therefore, dried fruit can be consumed at the end of the meal, it is better to take it as a kind of “energy spoon” during the first meal.
Because the process of drying fruit loses water, dried fruit can lose vitamin C and folic acid because these compounds are soluble in water. But, other vitamins remain in the same quantity as before drying, or are in large quantity even though the fruit loses mass. As for vitamin A, which is beneficial to the eyes and skin… fresh peaches contain 27 mcg in 100 g and 390 mcg even dried at 100 g. Dried fruit, especially the ones with shell contains a fairly vitamin E, a potent natural antioxidant, and vitamin BB, which has a positive effect on the nervous system and helps to maintain a good mood.
Excellent a Mixture Of Minerals
Surprises that we offered while presenting dried fruit and its benefits do not stop there: all dried fruits are rich in potassium, a mineral that is beneficial for muscle, heart and nervous system, with magnesium, which is essential for the proper absorption of calcium and for hormonal balance, with phosphorus, that stimulate mental functions. Moreover, dried fruit is a great source of iron, which provides physical and mental energy that was used against anemia.
Dried Fruit Contains no Cholesterol
Soft dried fruit contains no fat, and dried fruit with shell contains no cholesterol. But in this dried fruit predominate unsaturated fats (which are 40-50%), which in turn helps to remove cholesterol from the blood, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Good for Losing Weight
Nutritionists are not convinced that the dried fruit, if used in moderate amounts, is ideal for weight loss. It will only happen if they do not move the border from 20 to 30 g per day (dry fruit with shell), or 40-60 g per day (for soft dried fruit).
Nuts Every Day
- • Dried fruit prevents cancer and protects heart. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania illuminate antitumor effects of some flavonoids which are found in nuts (quercetin and kaempferol). But they have not stopped there. Besides containing unsaturated fats, which have properties to remove cholesterol, researchers have found out that nuts, in the substance called larginin, which plays a very important role in maintaining the tone of the arteries, prevents the occurrence of atherosclerosis. Therefore, it can be said that nuts prevent heart attack and stroke.
- For an excellent and healthy skin
A Brazilian nut contains enough selenium to meet the daily needs of this mineral. Selenium prevents the action of free radicals. It is recommended that people who live in big cities, people who smoke or are under stress should eat one nut per day. Besides the internal health that nuts give us, they also protect our skin thanks to natural “lifting” effect that nuts have.
Tasty Fruit with Great Value
Apricots -- the win bad mood -- contain large amounts of vitamin B
Peanuts -- to soften wrinkles -- a good source of copper
Pistachio -- fight free radicals -- good antioxidants
Almonds -- contribute to healthy teeth, hair and nails -- rich in calcium
Hazelnuts -- regulate menstrual cycle -- a good source of fitosterois
Plum -- stimulate the couch hoses -- have many pulp
Dates -- help beat fatigue -- contain a lot of sugar
Raisins -- to soothe rheumatic pain -- contain salicylic acid
Fig -- regulate pressure -- contain a lot of potassium
Mix aperitif -- often contain salt, which if often causes water retention and increases the risk of high blood pressure
Quantity -- one packet of nuts contains the same amount calories as a Pizza
Storage -- Dried fruit shell need to be kept in bags, not to lose the fat they contain. Soft dried fruit should be stored in airtight containers, not dry.