Fresh vs. Dried Fruit

By: Judy Fortin
By: Judy Fortin

Given the choice, would you rather eat a handful of fresh grapes or raisins? In today's Health Minute, Judy Fortin takes a look at the nutritional difference between fresh and dried fruit.

Produce departments are piled high this time of year with fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries. Accordoing to nutritionists, given the choice some people often opt for the dried variety.

"It doesn't have to be washed. It doesn't have to be prepared. It doesn't have to be peeled, especially if you're talking about a child," said Dana Nahiri a registered dietitian.

Dried fruit is portable and non-perishable, but can pack a lot more calories when compared with the same serving size of its fresh fruit counterpart.

"Often times because of the water content associated with fresh produce, it can fill your stomach up more and you get less amount of calories for the amount of volume you're consuming," Nahiri said.

Fresh fruits are rich in vitamin A and C, folate, potassium and fiber. Dried fruits do have health benefits, but the drying process can zap some nutrients.

Nonetheless, according to dietitians, fresh and dried fruits can play an important role in satisfying your sweet tooth, combating obesity and fulfilling the government recommendation of eating four servings of fruits a day.

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