Nowadays, you go to any supermarket or gourmet stores or even your friendly neighborhood grocery store and you will find a wide variety of candied fruits.
Tempting and colorful packs of candied apples, pears, oranges, lemons, pineapples and whatnot beckon you to try them.
But before jumping to the conclusion that, “hey, they are fruits so they are good for me” do go through the ingredients list.
Fruit preserved by being cooked and soaked in sugar syrup. The fruit is usually boiled in the syrup, and then left to soak for anywhere from four to fourteen days.
Finally, the candied fruit is left to dry outside of the syrup for several days. It can be finished by being sugared or glacéd.
In the end, they taste nowhere close to the fruit but are just sugar candies.
- Candied fruits are basically calorific bombs since they usually contain liquid glucose and added sugar in them. Consuming an excessive amount of sugar may contribute to conditions like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Apart from these, sometimes they also contain preservatives such as sulpher dioxide which can cause a number of health hazards such as asthma, rashes and stomach disorders.
Instead of completely shunning dried fruits off your list, opt for dehydrated fruits which do not have any sugars added in them.
- Dehydrated fruits are, as the name suggests, dried in a dehydrator at temperatures less than 40 deg C that ensures that the nutrients in the fruits remain intact. Also they do not have any sugar added to them which in turn make them ultra healthy.
- Although ounce-for-ounce, all types of dried fruit are much higher in calories than their fresh equivalents, they also have a greater nutrient density, greater fiber content, increased shelf life, and significantly greater phenol antioxidant content compared to fresh fruits
- Also, their nutrient content certainly beats out refined flour snacks such as crackers, cereal bars and pretzels.
So the next time you crave for a healthy snack or looking for an energy boost, grab a handful of sweet and chewy dried fruits like banana, pineapple or papaya.