Apricots, grapes, apples, dates, dried fruits come in a thousand and one ways. A treat for the taste buds, they would also be good for your health, as reported by a Penn State study. The researchers found that those who eat of dried fruits are usually in better health than the others. In addition, this eating habit was also linked to a healthier diet. Indeed, on the days when participants ate dried fruits they also ate more of certain nutrients.
A downside, the study noticed that the total calorie consumption was higher on days when the panel ate dried fruit. “Dried fruits can be an eexcellent choice for a nutritious snack, but consumers may want to be sure to choose unsweetened versions with no added sugar. Portion size can also be tricky, as a serving of dried fruit is smaller than a serving of fresh fruit since the water has been removed. But the positive is that dried fruit can help people potentially consume more fruit and may even be cheaper.“said Valerie Sullivan, postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Penn State student at the time of the study.
Also think of frozen fruit
Through this study, the researchers compared whether dried fruits could be a alternative to fresh fruit : “Minimal processing forms of fruit, including frozen, canned and dried fruit, exhibit certain advantages over fresh fruit“Listed Kristina Petersen, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University and assistant research professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State at the time this work was done. Before completing:”They are available all year round, are relatively constant quality and can be stored much longer that fresh. Many are also cheaper per serving than their fresh counterparts.“.
For the study, the team used data from 25,590 participants in a national health and nutrition survey. Participants provided data on all the foods they had consumed in the previous 24 hours, including dried fruits. Data was also collected on the cardiometabolic health of the panel. After analyzing the data, the researchers found that, on average, people who reported consuming dried fruits had a healthier food than those who did not eat it. They also tended to have lower body mass index, waist circumference, and systolic blood pressure.
Interestingly, the consumption of dried fruits also impacts that of other foods: “What I also found interesting was that people tended to eat more fruit in total on the days they ate dried fruit than on the days they didn’t. Dried fruits could therefore be a way to increase overall fruit consumption in people who are not eating the recommended amountsThe study notes. Dried fruits also increased the amounts of carbohydrates, fiber, potassium and polyunsaturated fats taken in during the day.
“When incorporating dried fruit, pay attention to calories and be sure to replace calories from nutrient-poor foods with dried fruit to get the most out of dried fruit consumption.“, recommends Penny Kris-Etherton, professor at Evan Pugh University in nutritional sciences. In France, the National Nutrition-Health Program (PNNS) recalls that dried fruits are sweet and should not replace fruits and vegetables fresh to eat every day.