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Is Dried Fruit a Healthy Snack?

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When hunger strikes, dried fruit can make for a delicious snack. They contain much healthy goodness just like the fully hydrated versions of themselves. There are a ton of tasty options including raisins, craisins, figs, prunes, apricots, apples, plums, the list goes on. The superstars of the dried fruit world are mango, dates and bananas. They taste like heaven.

But how healthy is dried fruit? 

Compared to a candy bar or bag of chips, a handful of dried fruit is a superior choice. Dried fruit nutrition is simply better than junk food. However, once the water content is removed, concentration of everything, both good and bad such as fiber, sugar, calories, nutrients, even antioxidants, increases in dried fruit. 

All in all, dried fruit can be a healthy snack in moderation. Measuring out a serving size will ensure you don't consume too much sugar or calories. So reach for a healthy portion of dried fruit the next time you're feeling peckish, it's a terrific snack. Our tips for picking dried fruit? Choose organic whenever possible and be sure you're getting dried fruit without additives like sugar or preservatives. Mix them with a bit of nuts and you've got a wonderful nosh that'll give your body energy and nutrients.

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