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4/7/08 1:48 P

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My step mommy who studied nutrition in college always tells me to treat dried fruit as a dessert rather than a fruit serving.

That doesn't mean they're bad, just that you have to be realistic about what you're eating. She always tells me they lose a lot of the benefits of fresh fruit by being dried. I cant remember the specific examples, but she's generally very accurate and knowleadgeable, so i would discourage you from considering dried fruit as a serving of fruit for the day.

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4/7/08 8:18 A

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I'm not too big on raisins (unless they are in cookies!) but I really like the dried apples, apricots, mangos and bananas from the organic bakery shop in our town. I'm not really big on the prepackaged stuff since I know they add a lot of things to them, such as preservatives and stuff!


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4/7/08 7:42 A

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I like the raisins but not the other dried fruits. Although I have not tried any in a very long time. I have a dehydrator so maybe I should try making some, that way i know exactly what went in them and how old they are.

The only fruitcake I have enjoyed is the ones my Grandmother used to make and that has been a long time ago. Wish I could find her recipe!

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4/7/08 1:06 A

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Jayne, I've never eaten dried fruit either. I don't like raisins and those dried fruit gift boxes offered at holidays have always freaked me out. I think I got a bad fright from a fruitcake as a child.

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4/6/08 1:20 P

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This has been a very informative thread. I have never been one to try the dried fruit (other than raisins). I have always preferred to eat the fresh.


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4/6/08 12:46 P

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Thanks!! I know that when I eat dried fruit I don't eat as much as I would of fresh fruit! I think the dried appricots I have are 110 calories and 15g of sugar per 1/4 cup, which is equal to about 6 of them! Not a lot of them but still good!


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Thanks for settling the confusion! Good articule!

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4/6/08 1:08 A

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Why are dried fruits higher in sugar content than regular fruits?

By Shereen Jegtvig, About.com
Updated: March 18, 2008

Question: Why are dried fruits higher in sugar content than regular fruits?

Eating dried fruits like raisins banana chips is an easy way for me to get some extra fruit in my diet. I know eating lots of fruit is good for me. However, I am curious about why dried fruits are higher in sugar content than regular fresh fruits. Can you explain this?

Maren - About.com User

Answer: There are two reasons why dried fruit may have more calories and sugar than fresh fruit. First, sometimes sugar is added to dried fruits such as cranberries. Since cranberries are so tart, very few people would eat them without the added sugar, but of course the added sugar adds calories.

The more common reason that dried fruits will usually have more calories and sugar is because the dehydration process removes so much of the water normally found in the fruit. That missing water would normally make the fresh fruit larger than the dried fruit, so there would be more pieces of dried fruit in the same serving size. For example, one grape has seven calories and one raisin has seven calories, however one cup of grapes has about 60 calories, and a cup of raisins has over 400 calories. This doesn't happen because the raisin company added sugar, it happened because without the water, the raisins take up a lot less space. More raisins fit into one cup so that means one cup of raisins has more sugar and calories than grapes.

The sugar listed on the nutrient facts label on dried fruit packages is not table sugar, unless it is listed as an added sugar. The sugar in dried fruit is fructose and glucose, the sugars that are naturally found in the fruit. Make sure to read labels before you buy the dried fruits, the ingredient list on the package will state whether sugar is added or not.

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4/5/08 9:35 P

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I think that there is a difference when you "buy" dried fruit and when it is "homemade". Alot of this is due to the processing to keep the fruit fresh (?) to keep and sell retail. where to buy it homemade or to dry your own you don't have that processing that you have getting it from the store.

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4/5/08 3:26 P

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I bought banana chips as well as papaya first ingredient is the fruit second is sugar. When I looked at the mangos, apricots and pineapples it was the same thing. That is why I wonder if I made it myself if I would have to add the sugar.

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I have looked at prepackaged dried fruit and know the sugar content is high. The ones I have are homemade and they state they add nothing, just dried them and that is it. I'm just curious if when dried if it takes the nutritional value out of them and condenses the sugar. I assume they have some sugar that is natural so would be good, but just checking.

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4/5/08 12:28 P

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Hey i know that in the sun-maid dried fruits the second or third ingredient is sugar... so they do add it.. (not to the raisins i don't think but the other kinds).. maybe sometime you could stop by the store and check out that section .. it'll tell you all the ingredients and i'm sure they are about the same.. Here's for sun-maid apples:
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Trisha, I wuld think that if it was dried the sugars would be the natural sugars that you would have in the fresh fruit. I dry spices and have read the booklet and drying fruit and you don't add anything to them except a little lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

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I picked up some dried apples and mangos at a local organic bakery in town. There was no nutritional value or anything there since they make them there. I have heard dried fruit isn't that great for you since it has a lot of sugar. Is this true? What are your guy's opinions on dried fruit??
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