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Dehydrated Fruit.. Good or Bad?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I'm a snacker, I like to have something on hand to nibble on. I don't snack on bad things (all the time) but I've been thinking about getting a dehydrator to dry some fruit. From a paleo perspective, is this a good snack? too high in sugar? worth purchasing?

Thanks!!!

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:33 PM

What if OP dehydrates it themselves? They can also make themselves some jerky too!

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on December 31, 2012
at 09:16 PM

thank you, tom! what is a vlc paleo diet? weight loss is my main goal (at this point).

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on December 31, 2012
at 10:35 PM

Dried fruit is, more often than not, a lot sugary-er than it appears. I would avoid, if I were you.

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:33 PM

What if OP dehydrates it themselves? They can also make themselves some jerky too!

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on December 31, 2012
at 09:08 PM

It's a great snack. Berries are pretty paleo, but I personally avoid really sugary stuff like mangos or pineapple. It's only too high in sugar if A) you want to lose a lot of weight on a VLC paleo diet or B) if you eat pounds of it every day.

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on January 01, 2013
at 02:12 AM

When I "cheat," I cheat with dried fruits -- figs, mostly. And every single time, it throws off my energy level and stalls my weight loss. If it was me, I'd try a certain amount of dried fruit and see what it does for my health and other goals before investing in a dehydrator I might not end up using very often.

That said, I'd love a dehydrator myself -- for other than fruit purposes. :)

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on January 01, 2013
at 02:06 AM

My dad got one for Christmas and we've been having a lot of fun making snacks. We do mostly vegetables though. It makes great kale, zucchini, yellow squash and green bean chips. We have tried some fruit but it didn't turn out as good. Just keep in mind that even though it's smaller it has the same amount of sugar as the whole, fresh fruit. Hope this helps!

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on January 01, 2013
at 01:38 AM

I thought about it, but honestly, I just make my dried stuff in the oven. Set my oven at 200 degrees and leave whatever is in there for about 8 hours on average. Sometimes it may need an extra hour or two depending on the water content. My favorite snacks are tomato chips and banana chips, but you can make darn near anything dehydrated in the oven on a cookie sheet. Tons of recipes out there for oven dehydrating if you google. Like this one for the tomato chips I make.

http://atxglutenfree.com/2011/02/oven-dried-tomato-chips/

I eat them as a way to snack healthier, because otherwise I might binge on stuff that is not as good for me (like chocolate or paleo baked goods).

Good luck with whatever you decide!

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