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4/10/14 3:13 P

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I've wanted granola for a while and I haven't bought it. Thanks for that suggestion!! I'm not going to stop eating dried fruit. The stuff that I buy tastes pure. But thanks for the drying idea.



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4/10/14 3:00 P

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The fructose found in dried fruit is not nearly as bad as the fructose found in high fructose corn syrup. Yes, it is the same chemically, but there is significantly less of it. If you're concerned about sugar, try drying your own! That way you know it doesn't have any added sugars. That said, another suggestion is to pair that fruit with grains, such as granola. The additional fiber will help move it through your system.

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4/10/14 7:43 A

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Okay, IMVegan. I am probably saying that in the range of plant-based foods that I want to eat, I need something that will satisfy a sweet craving--that sweet taste. Grains and vegetables aren't a satisfactory end to my meals, so I am searching for something that will satisfy that. Ecure, you've given me a great suggestion; I am going to do that. Thank you!



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4/10/14 12:30 A

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I feel Petalia is spot-on with the high-fructose in dried fruits, and figs and cherries are already high fructose foods. I don't know if you notice other foods causing adverse GI issues, but google FODMAP to read about similarly offensive foods.

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4/9/14 9:20 P

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I don't understand eating dried fruit to "GET IN good carbs". ALL veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts are GOOD (and complex) carbs.. and on a whole food plant based diet that is pretty much all we eat?



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4/9/14 7:55 P

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Thank you, Bilbya. I haven't found the Spark diet on this site yet and I am looking for it. One of the things I think that I need is a good breakdown of allowable foods. I really need to figure our what carbs to eat. I'm afraid I can't eat as many as I want. I'm vegetarian leaning, so I already eat lentils and rice combinations, but I depend on carbs. Can anyone direct me to the diet? Thank you.



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4/9/14 7:14 P

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Over time your ability to digest dried fruit will probably improve. That's because your innards will eventually build up the kind of bacteria that are good at digesting the long chain polysaccharides that tend to cause bloating and gas. Any change in your eating patterns will take a while for your body to adapt to.

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4/9/14 4:09 P

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No meat or dairy gives me problems like dried fruit in large quantities.



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4/9/14 4:07 P

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Thanks so much, everyone, for the feedback. I was looking for good carbs. I do need to control my portions. I had a fig tree in Louisiana, but unlike you, P, I don't go crazy for the fresh kind: dried are my downfall!! I'm not going to stop eating them, but I'm going to control my portions. And thanks for the reminder to drink lots of water. Thanks, everyone!



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4/9/14 12:51 P

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I don't eat dried foods, especially fruit. I eat fresh or frozen fruit. The frozen fruit is from fresh berries that I buy and then freeze into serving size portions. I don't eat food that is packed with additives - some of which I can't even pronounce. lol

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4/9/14 12:08 P

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Dried fruits are intense! They are intensely sweet and delicious. They have lots of carbs and sugar. They can be my downfall. I can easily eat loads. I've learned that I've got to be careful with them. Before working out or before a hardcore hot yoga practice, amongst other things, I might have a half a date. Lately I'll have a whole one. As far as digestive stuff goes, fresh figs are pure ambrosia in my eyes while simultaneously being dangerous to my innards causing everything to be in an uproar. I bet dried figs could be even worse. Plums don't have a reputation for giving people trouble but prunes do. As a kid, indulging in whatever fruit was being harvested or there was simply a lot of, this gorging made me sick and often. Maybe just take it easy on the dried fruit. Take a look at the numbers they have (fructose, carbs, calories...) and that might shift the quantities which you eat. What about frozen grapes instead of raisins? Maybe some water rich fruits or, as some other folks suggested, be sure to get liquids into you, too. Too me, it sounds like gut problems from fruit, fresh or dried, would be a matter of quantity consumed. Hmm....

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4/9/14 11:24 A

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I don't eat much dried fruit due to the fact that is is super high in fructose.. Dried fruits dehydrate us... so you will need to up the amount of water you are consuming. Perhaps you are eating too much at one time, you might want to make your portion size smaller.



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There's not enough detailed information to formulate any kind of advice. What I would say is that it may not be the dried fruit. Also you didn't mention how much you were eating it. Dried fruit isn't as good as fresh fruit for our bodies. Dehydrated food dehydrates US.

What else are you eating? Any animal fat such as is in dairy? Any processed "foods"? Any meat or meat bi-products or any quasi-meat items?

Any medications? Any supplements?

All of this plays a part in what is going on with you - not just the dried fruit.

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4/9/14 11:04 A

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I have learned that I need to really control my intake of dried fruit, which I recently added to my diet to get in good carbs. I love figs, but now I have allowed myself to buy the more expensive and (varied) cranberries and cherries. My problem--which figs have given me too--is that they are hard on my digestive system. They end up giving me gas. I decided that the only way to control this is to limit them. Raisins, the cheapest alternative, don't give them to me in large amounts like the other fruits do. So maybe I need to depend on raisins and add the others in like treats. Does anyone have any similar experiences, and, if so, what did they do about it? I know charcoal treats gas, but I would prefer to not have the problem in the first place. Thank you!

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