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Dried fruit dilemma.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 02, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Ideally I will eat fruit in its natural state. However, I need something easy, potable and for car travel. I have measured out 1 oz nuts and wanted to put some dried fruit ( other than raisins) so how much is appropriate and are some dried fruits more sugary than others. ~thanks

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on August 06, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Yeah they're not at Whole Foods. Last time I bought an unsweetened variety was at a farmers mareket.

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:40 PM

The Ocean Spray brand that is most popular has quite a lot of sugar added.

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on August 06, 2012
at 08:02 AM

I've never been able to find unsweetened dried cranberries.

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Christine, I avoid Brothers All-Natural. If you check the bag you will see that they get all of fruit from China. I have not heard good things about the farming over there. Wanted to make sure you are aware.

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:10 AM

Thanks, I was in TJ'S and that is what gave me the idea...but so much sugar....

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Thanks the nutritional values help me put things into perspective

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:24 AM

Are you thinking of prunes? I'm not aware of any ill effects from eating too many figs.

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:55 AM

There's nothing wrong with dried fruit as long as you're conscious of the quantity and get fruit without added sugar. Nutrition in one raisin vs one grape, for instance, is identical except for water content.

That said, my preference is for freeze-dried fruit. Brothers All-Natural (available at Whole Foods) is a good brand.

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Christine, I avoid Brothers All-Natural. If you check the bag you will see that they get all of fruit from China. I have not heard good things about the farming over there. Wanted to make sure you are aware.

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on May 02, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I stick with the least sweet, most fibrous, most colorful stuff I can find. Dried cranberries are ok but usually have a lot of added sugar. Trader Joe's has dried green mango which is pretty good. I try to have a lot of water with it (kind of defeats the purpose I suppose) otherwise it is way too easy to eat way too much calories and sugar too fast.

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:10 AM

Thanks, I was in TJ'S and that is what gave me the idea...but so much sugar....

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on May 02, 2012
at 03:02 AM

I think dates and figs are probably the best in terms of availability, nutrition and flavor. They are almost always "pure" - no added sugar or sulfur or anything. They go really good with nuts too. Just be careful with the figs, if you eat too much, you might find yourself very uncomfortable.

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:24 AM

Are you thinking of prunes? I'm not aware of any ill effects from eating too many figs.

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:44 AM

i go with the fresh apple if you insist on fruit. dried fruit is concentrated sugar might as well eat a mars bar. a chunk of cheddar/mozza is good too. a boiled egg. I would say 1 prune or apricot max to 1 oz of nuts.

  • List itemPopular Types of Dried Fruit

Popular Types of Dried Fruit (1 oz serving) Net Carbs(g) Sugar(g) Fiber(g)
Total Carbs(g) Dried Apricots 15.66 15.15 2.1 17.76 Dried Apples 16.18 16.21 2.5 18.68 Dried Coconut 2.10 2.08 4.6 6.70 Dried Peaches 15.09 11.83 2.3 17.39 Dried Pears 17.66 17.63 2.1 19.76 Dried Prunes 16.11 10.81 2.0 18.11 Other Common Suggestions Net Carbs(g) Sugar(g) Fiber(g)
Total Carbs(g) 1 strip Dried Papaya 12.24 8.99 2.7 14.94 1 strip Dried Mango 3.78 3.76 0.3 4.08 1 piece Dried Pineapple 16.04 13.23 2.0 18.04 1 Dried Fig 10.24 9.10 1.9 12.14 1 Dried Litchis 1.67 1.65 0.1 1.77 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries 21.05 17.88 1.6 22.65 1/4 cup Raisins 27.40 21.46 1.3 28.70 1/4 cup Dried Currants 24.27 24.22 2.4 26.67

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sorry I wish there was a better table format

prunes and figs ar lowest..cranberries are actually at the higher end

Ab79372ab1e0bc39a0783cf073cdb1e7

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Thanks the nutritional values help me put things into perspective

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I dried strawberries for the first time yesterday. Slice them, sprinkle with a little salt (I used a TINY bit. I don't really like salt, and they don't taste salty when they are done) and bake at 210 degrees (f) for 3 hours!

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:18 AM

I don't personally eat dried fruit but if you can find craisins (dried cranberries without any other additives) I think those are some of the lower sugar ones. Packing a small apple is easy too.

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on August 06, 2012
at 08:02 AM

I've never been able to find unsweetened dried cranberries.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 06, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Yeah they're not at Whole Foods. Last time I bought an unsweetened variety was at a farmers mareket.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:40 PM

The Ocean Spray brand that is most popular has quite a lot of sugar added.

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:47 PM

If dried fruits are a frequent snack for you, you might think about getting a food dehydrator. I use ours to dry any fruits that look like they might go bad soon and I won't get to eat them otherwise (like when I buy bulk fruits from Costco). Don't use fruit that's actually gone bad, but fruit that is still good that you know is going to go bad. Making your own dried fruit will allow you to ensure that there's no added sugar and you can buy organic, good quality fruit.

I mix a few bits of dried fruit to some nuts so I don't eat too much fruit. I just judge the ratio of nuts to fruit by eye, but it's always much more nuts than fruit. You get a lot of flavor from just a few bits of fruit, especially if its something high in sugar like pineapple. I add some chunks of coconut too for texture and flavor.

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on August 06, 2012
at 07:48 AM

Dry fruits apple is made by removing water via warm, dry air in a dehydrator or outdoors on a dry, sunny, hot day. it’s the same as normal fresh fruit, but it can be kept longer time than normal fruit. There's nothing wrong with dry fruits apple, only if you're conscious of the quantity and get fruit without added sugar.

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