Dried or Fresh! Which Is Best?

I am diabetic and recently I did some research and found some information that surprised me. I wanted to share what I found with everyone. Raisins or other dried fruits may be a better option than snacking on cookies, but they can spike your blood sugar. During the dehydration process, fruits' natural sugars become very concentrated, causing an unhealthy elevation in blood sugar when they are rapidly absorbed by the body.

I am diabetic and recently I did some research and found some information that surprised me. I wanted to share what I found with everyone. Raisins or other dried fruits may be a better option than snacking on cookies, but they can spike your blood sugar. During the dehydration process, fruits' natural sugars become very concentrated, causing an unhealthy elevation in blood sugar when they are rapidly absorbed by the body.  

Why? Let me take you through the drying process. The sweet part of the fruit is separated from its seeds, core or peel before the drying process begins. Once separated, many fruits receive an additive called sulfur dioxide, which works to eliminate the vitamin B1 within the fruit. This chemical is used to prevent discoloration during the drying process. Besides losing vitamin B1, they also lose vitamins B and C during this process. Dried fruit also carries more calories than fresh fruit because the size of the fruit shrinks when the water is removed, so 1 cup of seedless grapes is 110 calories and 24 grams of sugar versus 1 cup of raisins, which is 493 calories and 97 grams of sugar! Eating a small portion of dried fruit is still a good option due to the high fiber content, but this time of year fresh fruit is available and abundant. Why not take advantage of all of the wonderful varieties of fresh fruit?


Instead of grabbing a handful of dried fruit, picking up an apple just might be the better choice. Your body will love you for it.

Please join me in my journey to wellness at Riare43a@aol.com. I would love to hear from you.

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