Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fruit: Cut-and-Dried Facts

According to an article in the April 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, dried fruit can be handy stand-in for fresh on your morning cereal or in salads.  But just as the fruit shrinks when it's dried, so should your portion:  If your follow the government's standard serving size, calories go way up.  Vitamin C, however, which is sensitive to heat, drops.  Fiber can go up or down.  Our advice: Enjoy dried fruit as a condiment or snack, but keep your fresh fruit bowl full too.

Serving                      Calories            Fiber           Vitamin C
1 small apple                  77                  4                    12%
1/2 c. dried apple           104                4                      3%
3 medium plums              91                 3                     31%
9 dried plums                 205                6                       1%
3 medium figs                 110                4                       5%
9 dried figs                     188                7                       2%
1 c. grapes                     104                1                      26%
1/2 c. raisins                   217                3                       3%
4 fresh apricots                67                 3                      23%
1/2 c. dried apricots       157                 5                        1%


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