Dried fruits are recommended to replace desserts for everyone who watches overweight. Even then, it is limited because dried fruits contain a lot of sugar and are high in calories for dietary nutrition. But dried fruits, compared with pastries and traditional sweets, have a lot of advantages, one of which is a large amount of fiber.
Fructose, which is contained in dried fruits, is easily absorbed. In winter, dried fruits are excellent support for immunity, digestion, and a source of vitamins and nutrients.
What are dried fruits?
Dried fruits are dried in different ways and processed in different ways before drying. Some are dried whole; some are pre-cleaned from the seeds and cut into small pieces or slices. They are dried in the sun or special dryers, sometimes treated with preservatives. All this is reflected in the price, as well as in the shelf life, juiciness, and appearance.
What dried fruits can you pay attention to
Dried apricots-apricot fruits are rich in vitamins C and A, potassium, and calcium. Dried apricots are recommended for those who suffer from heart diseases, intestinal disorders and need to cleanse the body of toxins. Dried apricots also reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, normalize the hormonal system.
Pear is an excellent stabilizer of intestinal motility, also helps to clear the body of toxins.
Apricot contains carotene, calcium, and potassium, and its use normalizes the work of the heart. Apricots are also prescribed as a preventive remedy that protects against cancer.
Raisins contain a lot of boron and are prevention of osteoporosis, as due to the lack of boron in the body, calcium is also not absorbed. Also, raisins are rich in potassium, manganese, and magnesium; they can purify the lungs, strengthen the heart and nervous system, help with depression and bad mood.
Dates are a source of vitamins E and group B. The use of dates is useful during pregnancy, nervous shocks, oxygen starvation of the brain to prevent osteoporosis. Dates also have an antipyretic effect.
Prunes normalize the work of the gastrointestinal tract and intestines, are used in the treatment of the liver and kidneys, hypertension, visual disorders.
Figs are also cancer prevention foods. It helps with diseases of the bronchi and thyroid gland, heart, and digestion.
For any degree of obesity, high-calorie dried fruits are banned, and people who have diabetes because of the high concentration of sugar are prohibited.
Do not use dried fruits when exacerbating chronic stomach diseases – gastritis and ulcers, as well as allergic reactions to fruits.
How to choose and store dried fruits
Pay attention to those dried fruits, the raw materials for which do not need to be transported from afar, or keep track of the seasonality of the fruits from which the dried fruits are prepared. Do not take too soft or too hard; you may violate the conditions for collecting and drying fruits.
After the purchase, be sure to wash the dried fruits with warm water, even if they are packed and look very clean – this way, you will protect yourself from chemicals.
Ensure that the fruits are not too bright; their color should be close to the original fruit. They also should not shine-such fruits are mixed with oil for a profitable sale.
If you buy dried fruits by weight, then in your hand, when you squeeze a handful, they should not stick together.
Dried fruits are stored for up to a year in a dark, ventilated, and dry place, at a temperature of up to 10 degrees.