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Those Weird Dried Berries in Cereal, Good for You?

If you buy cereals with the berries already in the box, you may be wondering if they are as healthy as their fresh counterparts.

As long as the berries are freeze-dried then they will still retain the nutrients from when they were fresh. Freeze-dried fruits retain almost as much of the antioxidant phytochemicals (found in fresh fruits). The freeze-dried fruits may not have as much vitamin C as their fresh counterparts.

Freeze-dried fruits are a great alternative to fresh fruits since you can keep freeze-dried fruits longer and they are much more cost effective. However, if you think that you are getting enough fruit for the day in your cereal, think again. It's a good start but you may want to also incorporate fruit into your other meals throughout the day. Also watch out for sugar in cereals with freeze-dried fruit, due to the tart bitterness of the freeze-dried fruit there may be more sugar added to the cereal to help with the taste.

Fit's Tip: A serving of dried fruit is one-quarter cup and a serving of diced, cooked, or frozen fruit is one-half cup.

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