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You Asked: Is Dried Fruit Good or Bad?

You're asking and I'm answering.

Dear Fit,
I've been reading the comments on your site a lot and everyone is talking about how bad dried fruit is for you, but I love dried fruit and snack on it all the time. What gives?"
—Confused Carly

I love this question because, honey, you're definitely not the only one wondering this. To see my response


Dried fruit is great if it is just that, dried fruit. Many store-bought dried fruits contain added sugar and trans fat. The key is to read the label. If the label lists anything other than the fruit, such as sucrose and/or partially-hydrogenated oil then skip it. Also, if you're watching your calories then be careful as dried fruit is higher in calories than its fresh counterpart. The plus side of that is that while dried fruits are high in calories, they're also high in other nutrients that you want in your diet. This is my rule or thumb: Eating a whole bag of dried apricots as an afternoon snack, not so good. Tossing a few in plain yogurt in the morning, good.


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Mouni Mouni 5 years
I am an importer of dried bitter orange peels.... 35 calories in 9 pieces! They're a hit at gourmet stores here in Boston. Email me and Ill send you a 3 oz package
jod0143 jod0143 6 years
I also love TJ's dried fruit... dried mango is my favorite! I keep it at work if I want something to nibble on mid-afternoon.
amber512 amber512 7 years
It is definitely tasty, but I try to limit how much I eat. Freh fruit is best because it has all of its water still!
discocactus discocactus 9 years
I stay away from banana chips and the like,but I do eat dried apples (if they're a little soft and not pumped full of preservatives), prunes, and dried cranberries.
muffinmaggie muffinmaggie 9 years
i throw a few raisins in my yogurt. makes the yogurt "exciting".... if yogurt could ever be exciting =) and i also get them from trader joes, they have a huge selection with no additives. i do however try my best not to "snack" on raisins... or the other thing i throw in my yogurt, granola. they definitely are high in calories and can get you full while looking through your cupboards for what to make for dinner =).
megafie megafie 9 years
I also used Trader Joe's dried fruit. I go for the organic cranberries or cherries. I love them in my oatmeal - yum!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Everything can be enjoyed in moderation! =)
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I love prunes and dried apricots!!! The trick to eating less of them is to soak them in water for a few hours before you eat them. That way you'll feel full faster and not eat as much!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
Not to mention they are full of fiber and will have some folks running to the bathroom ;)
emalove emalove 9 years
I hate dried fruit. It tastes gross to me.
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 9 years
I love dried fruit. I eat it a lot because I need a lot of calories in my diet to maintain my weight(sounds great but it can be a blessing and a curse). It's easy to add extra fat and the like but I add these in for balance because a small serving gives a lot of high-energy carbohydrates.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I add dried fruit to many of our meals. They add a new flavor & texture element to salads and grains, which helps when you to eliminate fats (butter) and creamy/oily dressings.
ibiteback ibiteback 9 years
I love dried cherries and find that I am just as satisifed eating 1/4 cup dried as I am eating a whole cup fresh. The flavor is very concentrated so you need less.
GirlC GirlC 9 years
I'm glad I saw this - I've been wondering.
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
I eat raisins in my oatmeal just about every morning. Aside from that, I stick to fresh fruit, mostly, except that dried fruit is a great car snack when traveling, when fresh fruit is not always easy to have around. And again, it comes back to everything in moderation!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I agree with Fitsugar. Almost everyday, I eat both dried and fresh fruit. I like dried fruit because it can keep much longer than fresh fruit.
AMP AMP 9 years
I love banana chips so much but I know how bad they are so I only allow myself once in a great while.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Trader Joes has great dried fruit with no added sugar. I especially love their dried banannas....yummmmmmmmm! Dried fruit is great...but yeah...dont eat the whole bag. ;)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Dried fruit doesn't fill me up like fresh fruit does, so I usually opt for fresh. It's a lot easier to eat half a bag of dried apricots than to eat 12 or 13 fresh ones. Plus, a lot of dried fruit is sulphured and/or other preservatives are added to it. Oh, and avoid those dried banana chips...they are deep fried and they are usually full of fat.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Usually, the serving size is 1/3 cup.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good to know...
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
eating a whole bag of apricots not only is bad, but will give you a HORRIBLE tummy ache. Trust me, I know.
EML13 EML13 9 years
I'm allergic to a lot of fresh fruit, but I can have them when they're dried, so I try to have enough dried fruit (raisins and apricots especially) each day for the nutrients without going overboard.
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