Is dried fruit bad for me?
Dried fruit might pack a nutritional punch, but is it truly the healthiest choice?
If you’re worried about the amount of sugar you’re eating or watching your waistline – probably not.
That’s because most dried fruits contain triple, even quadruple the amount of sugar, calories and fat when compared to fresh fruit.
Grapes VS. Raisins
Let’s look at grapes and raisins for example. A one cup serving of grapes contains about 100 calories and 24 grams of sugar. Take a one cup serving of raisins on the other hand and you’re eating a whopping 540 calories and 100 (YES ONE-HUNDRED) grams of sugar. You might as well of munched away on some M&M’s instead (which actually contain 30 grams of sugar per serving)!
So why is there such a huge difference? Unfortunately when we strip away the water from fruit, it becomes much, much smaller in size.
The reason this is an issue because most of us eat based on volume, and fructose doesn’t signal to your brain when you’re full.
Let’s use the grape vs. raisin analogy again. If you ate 20-25 grapes you’d probably feel quite full and satisfied. That’s because the combination of water are just right.
However, if you ate twenty raisins they’d be gone in one handful to the mouth.
If you’ve been munching away on some dried fruit thinking it’s the healthier choice, swap it for its fresh version. You’ll feel full and satisfied faster, and your waistline will thank you later.
If you’re a dried fruit lover, just be very wary of the serving size. A couple sprinkles here and there aren’t going to harm you, but things could go south really fast if you go HAM on some trail-mix.