chocolate covered dried fruit

Chocolate Covered Dried Fruit is fast becoming a more popular treat in today's health-conscious world.

It allows you to indulge in some chocolately goodness without totally sacrificing nutrition. (And it's easier to tote around than a chocolate cake!)

chocolate covered dried fruit

“Conventional” or “traditional” dried fruits are fruits that have either been sun dried or dried in heated wind tunnels. More importantly, though, traditional dried fruits have no added sugars.

Many fruits are actually imbued with a sweetener before drying; these include cranberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and mangoes. (And some produce sold as "dried fruit" is actually candied fruit--papaya and pineapples.)

Interestingly, the natural sugars in traditional dried fruits become concentrated when the water is removed. Because of this, dried and fresh fruit have similar total sugar and energy values.

Mesopotamian tablets dating to about 1700 B.C. contain the earliest recorded reference to dried fruits (and what are most likely the earliest written recipes).
It's also been discovered that having them was a must for ancient Roman housekeepers.

Following are basic nutritional facts on dried fruits that will make your consumption of chocolate covered dried fruits that much more enjoyable:

  • Dried fruits retain most of the nutritional value of fresh fruits.
  • U.S. and world health agencies include them with fresh fruit in dietary recommendations.
  • They do not contain fat, trans fats, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  • They contain very little sodium.
  • They provide high amounts of dietary potassium and fiber.
  • They also provide essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, and copper.
  • Despite common belief, they may promote healthy teeth and gums.
  • They may also promote bone health, especially dried plums.
  • They promote digestive health (fiber).
  • Developing evidence suggests that they may contribute to healthy body weights.


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[Note: I am not, nor do I claim to be, a medical professional. None of the information presented above is intended to be, nor should it be construed as, 'medical advice'.]

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