Dry Fruits - The Ultimate Powerhouse!
Remember receiving those colourful and decorated boxes packed with different types of wholesome delights? The popular and most loved superfood, known by each one of us – Dry Fruits. These little crunchy bites are packed with vitamins, fiber, minerals and they are the powerhouse of goodness.
Dry Fruits are the perfect and most needed combination of healthy fats, proteins and fiber which makes it great to increase satisfaction and fullness. Make your snack time guilt-free and healthy by adding these popular superfoods to your diet like – Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Pistachios, Raisins etc.
Dry Fruits are dried by lowering their water content by sun drying or using special machines like dehydrators that would lead to higher concentration of natural sugars in the fruit. Add these sweet little beneficial bites to your daily routine.
We will give you the reason why? Let’s zoom in and know more about these wholesome delights.
Nutritional Profile of Dried Fruits
Source of antioxidants in the diet. Dried Apricots and Peaches are great source of carotenoids which our body turns up into vitamin A.
Prunes, Raisins and Apricots also contain iron.
Most of the dried fruits are rich source of fiber. Fiber in ¼ cup of these dried fruits – Raisins (2.5 g), Dried Apricots (2.9 g), Prunes (3.1 g), Dried Figs (3.7g), Dates (8 g).
Some of the popular Dry Fruits in India
Almond: Eat about 8 – 10 Almonds a day, Almonds use to come in different varieties, but they are always crunchy and satisfying. The varieties are classified by their colour, size and shape. They help in lowering your bad cholesterol and are packed with vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Almonds are bone-building superfood as it is rich in calcium and packed with phosphorus which will lower risk of fractures. Almonds are better when they are without their peels because peel of Almond contains tannin, which inhibits nutrient absorption. Soaking the almonds makes it easier to take off the peel. Soaked Almonds are also much easier to digest.
Cashew: Have 3-5 cashews a day for proper weight management and reduction of bad cholesterol from your body. Gives a lot of energy and keep you satisfied for a long time. With the goodness of copper and antioxidants, it helps in making your skin look radiant. Also aids in digestion and contains high level of lutein and other vital antioxidants which will make it great for our eyes.
Pistachio: Pistachio popularly known as Pista has high content of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Pista is beneficial for health, hair and skin in several ways. Being rich in vitamin E, it’s great to reduce signs of ageing. Consumption of Pistachios reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Raisin: ½ cup of raisins contains about 217 calories and 47 grams of sugar. These nature’s candy are low sugar treats for weight watchers. Rich source of Iron, calcium and boron making it perfect snack.
Walnut: Eating walnuts can help lower bad cholesterol and help keep your artery walls healthy. Eases the type of inflammation, that leads to heart disease and lower the risk of heart diseases. Walnuts may sound like superfood, with their valuable nutrients, but they have several limitations:
If you have tree nut allergy, walnuts are not for you and also, if you are on low – calorie diet then you should have them carefully.
Fig: Great source of potassium and calcium which would help to prevent osteoporosis. Being potassium-rich, it helps in maintaining the potassium imbalance in the body. And has a high fiber content too, that aids indigestion.
Apricot: Great source of vitamin C, A, E and Iron which helps with acne and other skin problems and helps the body feel fuller and longer that helps in weight loss.
Jagsfresh has a great variety of premium quality Dry Fruits, to help customers take one step forward in the name of healthy living.
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