Everyone knows that fruits are good for you because they contain natural sources of sugar. However, many people don't know that the drying process causes fruit to increase in beneficial properties, stimulating nutrient release and making for an overall healthier choice. Here are the top 12 dried fruits according to fitday.com
Apples- not incredibly nutrient packed, but light and healthier than other sweet alternatives.
Apricots- apricots are incredibly high in Vitamin A (almost half your daily intake), as well as good sources of copper, Vitamin E and potassium.
Currants- Very high in protein, iron and potassium.
Pears- An excellent source of Vitamin K, C, iron and copper.
Tomatoes- Good source of iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, niacin and Vitamin C.
Raisins- raisins have 2g of protein per serving and contains potassium and manganese.
Jujubes- strong source of Vitamin C and riboflavin.
Lychees- super-packed with Vitamin C (over 200% daily dose in 1 serving), and packed with protein & riboflavin.
Figs- Good sources of magnesium, calcium, manganese and potassium; also known for laxative effects.
Prunes- High in protein & iron and excellent for laxative effects.
Peaches- contain over 1/4 days value of Vitamin A, and a strong source of iron, niacin, copper and potassium.
Cranberries (sweetened)- Rich in phytonutrients.
All these dried fruits contain densely-packed nutrients that, when ingested often, could have a significant positive impact on your diet. Just be careful when purchasing dried fruit to make sure that they don’t contain additional sweeteners, as many do.