If you've ever had the opportunity to eat dried fruit, you've noticed substantial differences with fresh fruit, and you're sure to think that the question that many people ask is fresh or dehydrated fruit better? For the reality is that there are no major differences between them despite what is thought, we simply must make an equitable balance in terms of consumption. Let's take a closer look at this:
Dehydrated fruits have become fashionable, easier to consume because they have a sweeter taste and look like gummy jellybeans are a remedy that many parents use to facilitate consumption in small children reluctant to eat fresh fruit, just as dehydrated fruit has become an ideal food for sportsmen and women with a naturalistic culture of food.
However, there are a number of myths surrounding dehydrated fruit that negatively affect the perception that the end user may have of them.
One of the most frequent mistakes is to confuse them with candied fruits. Candied fruits usually have much larger amounts of sugar because they are dipped in syrup for processing to facilitate conservation. Dehydrated fruits on the other hand simply go through a dehydration process that makes them reduce their moisture to 20% of their normal weight as we discussed in our article every you need to Know about dehydrated fruit
Calories from dehydrated fruit vs calories from fresh fruit
The following happens with the fruit dehydration process.
Fructose is more concentrated and consequently these fruits have a much sweeter taste. Does this mean that calories increase? The answer is no, they simply concentrate on less size and a larger proportion.
But since things always look better with an example, let's do it. As a general rule, a ration of 25 grams of dehydrated fruit is equivalent to 100 grams of fresh fruit, that is, if we consume 100 grams of dehydrated kiwifruit for example, it is as if we were consuming around 4 kiwifruit in one stroke, assuming that the weight of each kiwifruit is around 100 grams, which is more or less the same.
Therefore, when eating dried fruit, it should be borne in mind that the proportion is very important.
Dehydrated fruit nutrients vs fresh fruit nutrients
We are going to deny another recurring myth about dehydrated fruit and its nutrients. Numerous studies corroborate that dehydrated fruits maintain all their nutrients as well as the anti-cancer properties of the fruit except vitamin C as it is a water-soluble vitamin.
And finally, whick one is better preserved?
In this section the answer is very intuitive because one of the main advantages of dried fruit over fresh fruit is that the former can be converted for much longer. Dehydrated fruits can last up to 6 months in perfect condition and if properly stored.
That said, at Frutoo we believe that the ideal choice for people is to consume a combination of both according to the moment and the situation of the day.
Dehydrated fruit is ideal for eating in small breaks from work or even while you are working since it does not stain and allows hands free to continue with the work activity, it is also an ideal option for car trips or trips and as a food pretraining because it does not contain water will be much easier to digest and less heavy.
Fresh fruit is ideal to eat as a dessert at home or to carry in your backpack when we go for a walk on the street, is also an excellent post-training food because it moisturizes and provides us with vitamins and nutrients necessary to combat fatigue.