The main objective of this article is to give basic notions about a super food such as dehydrated fruit to those people who are beginning to consume it but have doubts about what it is, the calories it has and the benefits for the body.
1. What is dehydrated fruit?
Dehydrated fruit or dried fruit, as it is also commonly known, is natural fruit such as that of the supermarket, but after undergoing a process of intense dehydration, it reduces its water content to a minimum. The main advantage of this process is that the fruit still retains its properties, vitamins and health benefits as if it were fresh fruit.
This technique is not new, it is very old, people used this technique to increase the duration of food.
The lack of money and geographical mobility increased people's ingenuity to preserve food for a longer time in optimal conditions.
With the elimination of water was achieved on the one hand reducing the weight of the fruit up to 20% of the original and on the other hand could stop the growth of bacteria that caused the deterioration of the fruit, bacteria can not survive in a dry environment.
The objective of the dehydration process is to preserve the colour of the fruit. This process is carried out through substances such as vitamin C, sulphur or sulphite.
Due to this process, the consumption of dehydrated fruit is not recommended for people with asthma.
2. Does dehydrated fruit fatten?
A popular idea is that dehydrated foods, especially fruit, have been involved in controversy over their calorie content. So at this point there is no alternative but to answer the famous question: does dehydrated fruit fatten up? Let's go.
Although it is true that dried fruit has a high caloric value and presents a large percentage of simple carbohydrates (sugars) the high concentration of nutrients make dehydrated fruits an ideal food for our health because dehydrated fruits have important sources of vitamins and minerals such as: Potassium, calcium, iron and provitamin A (beta-carotene) are also a great source of fiber that makes dehydrated fruit one of the best foods to improve our intestinal transit.
In fact, there are many people who recommend eating dehydrated fruits in the diet because dehydrated foods help you lose weight.
For people to understand, half a cup of dried fruit equals one cup of fresh fruit, because they do not have the same nutritional values, the dehydration process causes a concentration of nutrients and increased calories in smaller foods.
So dehydrated fruit gets fat or not?
As the answer depends on everything in life, if we eat a varied diet and rich in healthy nutrients, we exercise regularly and its consumption is moderate, the reality is that it is one of the best foods that a person can consume.
On the other hand, if we eat in a disorderly way, we have a sedentary lifestyle and we eat a lot of dehydrated fruit, we will gain weight, but this would happen with rice, bread, milk and 90% of the food.
It fattens lifestyle, not food.
3. Benefits of dehydrated foods?
As we have said before, most people think that dehydrated foods are just calories and sugars, but numerous studies disprove this fact and shed light on a very different truth. Among the main benefits of dehydrated foods we find:
Dehydrated foods Reduce the risk of cancer, fruits and vegetables are one of the best ways to prevent cancer. Some of the main risk factors for cancer are oxidation of our system and chronic inflammation, these factors can be significantly reduced with the consumption of dehydrated and fresh fruit and vegetables because these foods have high antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties.
Dehydrated fruits and foods prevent heart disease. Fruits and vegetables reduce cholesterol and inflammation, along with a healthy lifestyle to eat dehydrated and fresh foods is the best medicine.
Dried foods are rich in fiber. As we have mentioned before help to improve our intestinal health, the stomach is nicknamed in the medical world as a second brain so it is very important to keep it healthy.
Dehydrated foods are suitable for diabetics. Although dehydrated foods, especially dried fruits, may be contradictory, they have a medium-low glycemic index. Although dehydrated foods have sugars in them, dehydrated foods do not cause instantaneous increases in glucose levels, which is the main problem for diabetics.
Dried foods Protect and improve our bone structure. These foods are high in calcium, magnesium, boron or vitamin K.
Dehydrated foods and fruits have a positive influence on pregnancy. In pregnancies mothers need more nutrients for their future child, so dehydrated fruits and foods are an exceptional source of extra nutrients during these months.
After this great article we would like to end with one of our favorite phrases and summarize perfectly the content of this post.
When the diet is bad the medicine does not work and when the diet is good the medicine is not necessary.
Happy new year, everybody!