Organic dried fruits are grown and dried without the use of chemical pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizers. They are readily available in health food stores, marked with the official USDA organic seal. Delicious and easy to grab on the run, organic dried fruits make a wholesome and healthy snack you can feel good about enjoying.
Organic dried fruits are loaded with vitamins and nutrients and free from additives commonly found in non-organic dried fruits. Sulfites can cause allergic reactions in some people, and they are typically added to non-organic dried fruits as a preservative. However, organic fruits are free from added sulfites. (See References 4) Fruit contains the fiber needed to promote healthy colon function and healthy weight loss. On a daily basis, women should consume 20 grams of fiber, and men, 30. (See References 1)
Variety of Recipes
You can enjoy dried organic fruits as a snack or add them to your favorite recipes. For breakfast, mix dried fruits such as bananas, strawberries or blueberries to cereal, pancakes or yogurt. Throw a handful of diced dried fruits like apples or cranberries into a tossed salad. Add dried apricots or grapes to a meatball recipe. Use dried fruits in Crock-Pot meals such as stews and soups. For dessert, bake dried fruits into bread, a cobbler or muffins.
Dried fruits make a quick, healthy snack at work and school, one that’s easier to pack and consume than whole fresh fruit. Drying fruits at home can save money over purchasing them packaged or in bulk in stores. Purchase organic fruit from a local health food store. Dry them at their peak of ripeness in a dehydrator. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer. Most dried organic fruits, when stored properly, have a shelf life of at least one year. (See References 2)
The process of drying fruits removes the water, which can lead to a loss of water-soluble vitamins including vitamin C, potassium and the B vitamins. When you remove water from fruit, the sugar content becomes more concentrated. This increases the calorie count of dried fruits over fresh fruits. (See References 4) Organic dried fruit has a shorter shelf life than regular dried fruit, which typically contains preservatives. However, freezing the fruits extends their shelf life.
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