Consumption of dried fruits increases with cold weather but are they beneficial or harmful to health?
If you have this question in mind, the answer is that dried fruits (if sugar-free) can be good for health.
This was revealed in a new medical study.
Dried Fruits are a good source of essential nutrients for the body, such as fiber and potassium, but most people do not pay attention to them.
They contain bioactive ingredients such as polyphenols and carotene which provide additional medical benefits to the body.
Research reports suggest that eating dried fruit may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
If it is difficult to eat fruit, then using more dried fruits is an easy and delicious solution.
Dried Fruits are available all year round compared to fresh fruits, they are also easier to preserve and can be used as a substitute.
A study by Pennsylvania (Penn) State University examined the effects of using dried fruits.
Research has shown that people who are accustomed to eating dried fruits absorb more important nutrients, including fiber and potassium, but they also burn more calories.
Researchers say that dried fruits are a good source of the best ingredients, but people want to make sure they don’t contain sugar.
They added that it is also important to take care of the quantity as they are smaller than fresh fruits because water is extracted, but it is possible to eat more.
The findings were published in the medical journal Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetes.
The study analyzed data from more than 25,000 people collected during a dietary survey between 2007 and 2016.
Of these, 3.7% were accustomed to eating fruits, while 1233 reported using dried fruits.
The researchers also looked at data on their health, body weight, waist size and blood pressure.
The results showed that people who were accustomed to eating dried fruits had a healthier diet, less body weight, shorter waist size and blood pressure levels.
Researchers say that people who eat dried fruits consume more physical energy and thus compensate for the extra calories.
“Low body weight indicates that these people are more physically active,” the study said.