Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Dried Figs n Dates story ....

The Dried Figs n Dates story ....
Dried figs can be used instead of prunes, dried apricots, and dates in most recipes. Fresh figs are fragile and highly perishable, so 90% of the crop is utilized as dried.
Dried figs are high in potassium, fiber, calcium and iron. 
Figs because of more fiber in them helps lower cholesterol.
This super fruit is a good source of potassium, so help control blood pressure also.
When want to cut figs then chill them for an hour before cutting 

to avoid it's stickiness.
Dates are the fruit of the palm date tree. Dried dates are brown oval-shaped and sun-dried, with a crackly, wrinkled outer shell.
Dates are the perfect substitute for sugar because of their natural sweetness. Dates are often considered a high-energy food as they are full of natural sugar. Dates are also a good source of iron and potassium. Other minerals, such as calcium, copper, magnesium and sulfur. Dates can also be mixed with tamarind or other pulpy fruit to make chutney. But before that soak in water to rehydrate them. The dried fruits become smaller, so the sugars inside them become more highly concentrated. So consume them in lower quantities because of the high sugar content.
Yellow dry fruits like raisins, dried figs and dried apricots provide benefits to the heart and immune system.
Dried plums, blueberries, raisins and other dark fruits improve memory function.
Dried cranberries, currants and pomegranates keep your heart and urinary tract healthy.
Also green fruits like dried kiwi or dried green apples promote good eyesight. Dates provide even more fiber than raisins.
Do dried fruits contain more nutritional value than fresh fruits?
What would be your answer ....
The answer is simple. When you dry fruits, you lose more than just water. You also lose nutrients. Since fruits lose water during the drying process, their nutrient, calorie, and sugar content becomes concentrated once they are dried.
Another fact to be aware of dried fruit is the addition of other ingredients, like sweeteners. Which may be added to dried cranberries. Since cranberries are very tart. In this case check whether the dried cranberries are sweetened with a natural sweetener such as apple juice concentrate rather than refined sugar or corn syrup.

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