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Health benefits of dried fruits
February 16, 2014, 10:47 am

Dehydrated and dried fruits such as those mentioned below are packed with anti-oxidants that make a valuable addition to the diet of people with busy lifestyle.

Raisins: Cholesterol-free, low in sodium, high in fiber and totally fat-free, raisins are one of the richest sources of boron, a mineral known to reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women. Sprinkle a handful into calcium-rich yoghurt for optimum bone-benefits and add pecans, another food rich in boron.

Dates: A great alternative to sugary craves, dates have a relatively low glycaemic index (GI), which means they release their sugars slowly and keep energy levels steady, despite their intense sweetness. Eat with protein, say from a handful of walnuts, to keep you feeling full.

Dried Apples: Recognized for its ability to lower blood fat levels significantly, dried apples with their flavonoids act as antioxidants to target free radicals that damage DNA.

Dried Cherries: The anthoycyanins in cherries, particularly the sour, or tart, type that are found in most health stores, may be beneficial for a range of inflammatory-related conditions, including arthritis, gout and post-exercise muscle soreness.

Dried Apricots: Weighing in with more than three times the potassium content of bananas and containing only a trace of salt, dried apricots are good for keeping down blood pressure. Potassium in apricots counter the water-retaining properties of sodium, keeping blood volume lower.

Dried Mangos: Another rich source of potassium, dried mangoes are also rich in iron. People who suffer from anaemia can take dried mangoes throughout the year knowing that they also have the ability to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells for proliferating.

Dried Cranberries: If you’re prone to bladder infections then snacking on dried cranberries is bound to bring you relief. Proanthocyanidins, the active ingredient in cranberries provide an anti-adherence effect that reduces urinary infections because the bacteria cannot attach to the bladder wall. 

Figs: Four dried figs supply a quarter of the recommended daily allowance of anaemia-protective iron. To get the full advantage, eat as part of orange juice-steeped compote ‒ vitamin C helps improve the iron your body absorbs from plant sources.

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