Eating Dried Fruit Linked to Better Diet Quality and Health
Dried Fruits are widely consumed across the globe. In the winters the use of dried fruit increases as compared to the rest of the season due to its warming nature. December has started, and its that time of the year when everyone tucks into their blankets as most of the regions get covered with snow. In such times, the dried fruits serve the purpose to keep the body warm and healthy.
Also, Christmas and Thanksgiving are right around the corner therefore you should consider tossing some dried nuts and fruits in the Thanksgiving stuffing this year. In a recent study, researchers came up with a new observation that the dried fruits may improve our health as a whole.
The study suggested that the people who ate dried fruits were relatively much healthier than those who didn’t. In addition to that, the study also found that the subjects who ate more dried fruits on a particular day consumed more healthy and key nutrient than on the days when they ate less or skipped.
The comprehension of new research suggests that the dried fruits could be made part of a healthier diet while considering some precautions from dietitians as well.
This research was conducted by a team of seasoned researchers in the state of Pennsylvania.
Major Findings of the Study
In the related work of this study, it was found that the poor diet leads to cardiovascular diseases and half of the deaths from cardio are triggered by poor diet. Poor diet majorly lacks consumption of fruits either fresh or dried ones.
In this research, the researcher concluded that the fruits are the source of healthy and key nutrients which are essential for health. These nutrients are found in abundance in fruits. They also include fiber, potassium, and various heart-healthy bioactive.
Although the fruits offer countless benefits, most of the people would still not be able to consume enough fruits due to the unavailability, limited quantity, purchase cost, and the fact that it forms oxides if left for open for longer periods which makes it harmful to eat.
In the study under discussion, the researchers intended to find out if the dried fruit is equally healthier as that of a fresh one and whether it could be used as an alternative to fresh fruit or not?
A survey was conducted that included 25,590 participants who filled the survey. The participants gave information about the food they had consumed in the past 24 hours (including dried fruit).
Analysis of Data
When the collected data was analysed, the following observations were made by the researchers:
- People who reported the consumption of dried fruits had better health contrary to those who didn’t.
- On average, they also had lower BMI (body mass index), waist size and systolic blood pressure.
- On the days when subjects consumed dried fruits, they also consumed more calories.
The judgement moved by the researchers included a number of recommendations as well. The summary of those recommendations is as follows:
- Although the dried fruits are a great choice for a nutritious snack, however, the consumer must be very certain about his/her choice as it should not be sweetened version with added sugar.
- Also, the intake for a single serving should be smaller than that of a fresh one since the water has been taken out. So the serving size is critical while eating dried fruits.
The positive finding that this study achieve is that the dried fruit can help people potentially consume more fruit since it is portable, shelf-stable, and even cheaper in some cases.
– This study was published in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.