Does Dried Fruit Deserve its Bad Rap



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Dried fruit tends to get a bad rap for being too high in sugar. However, it can be a great way to boost nutritional, antioxidant and fiber intake and serve as a healthy portable snack option. In fact, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES ), which examined data from 2001–2012, found the consumption of raisins and raisin-containing foods was associated with better nutrient. Let’s face it: Some canned vegetables are so very different from their fresh forms (think: asparagus and beets!) that plenty of kids grow up swearing off otherwise delicious foods forever. So it’s no surprise that canned foods have a bad rap.

But the bad reputation goes beyond just the food that comes inside those cans. Dried fruit can also be enjoyed as a replacement for calorie-rich, nutrient-poor desserts such as baked goods or candy. Dried fruits contain virtually the same nutrients as their fresh counterparts, so most are a good sources of vitamins A, C, potassium, fiber and folate.

They are also antioxidant powerhouses. Dried fruit gets a lot of bad rap, mainly because you’ll find concentrated levels of sugar and higher calories in most types of dried fruit. There’s no denying it, dried fruit have higher quantities of sugar than the fresh fruit from which they’re derived, and that applies to our dried mangoes too. How can I flatten my tummy overnight?

Processed fruits, like freeze-dried or unsweetened dried fruits, get a bad rap for allegedly being quite the sugar bomb, but Kane would like to put that rumor to rest. “One of the common misconceptions is that freeze-dried or dried fruit (unsweetened) has more sugar than fresh fruit. Why is it that fruitcake gets such a bad rap? My mom used to make fruitcake every year for Christmas and it was a great treat to look forward to all year. When I was in my teens I branched into my own fruitcake recipes. I have tasted commercial fruitcakes and understand why people disdain them, but feel the same way about say, Hostess fruit pies.

Prunes get a bad rap due to the fact they are often eaten by the elderly to help stay regular. But they truly do deserve to be made cool again as they are just SO outragously healthy. I spent most of my life not even realising what a prune actually was (it’s a plum by the way) and so I stayed clear of them. Prunes have such a bad rap that, in 2000, plum growers got permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their fruit “dried plums” instead of “prunes.” It makes sense: How. 1 medium piece of whole fruit.

4 oz 100% fruit juice. ¼ cup dried fruit 25 calories 5g carbohydrate. 1 serving non-starchy veggies: ½ cup cooked veggies. 1 cup raw veggies. 6 oz vegetable juice. Fruit has gotten a bad rap in some circles because it’s high in a natural.

Even though whole fruits are very healthy for most people, avoid binging on fruit juice or dried fruit. Many of the fruit juices on the market aren’t even “real” fruit juices. They consist of water.

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In our country, >20–25% fruits get spoiled before consumption due to improper storage and only 1.5% of total are being processed [4].

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They deserve it, for they are a special treat, unlike any other fruit.

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Finally, the rich tasty pulp of ripe fruits is made of delicious, rich, tasty treat to be sucked directly from the wiry fibers of roasted, peeled fruits (Ramachandran et al. 2004).

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However, sun-dried fruits have not always been produced under the best sanitary conditions.

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For if the roots of trees, of vines, or of other plants, did not produce fruit according to the quality of the earth and the nature of the moisture, the same sort of fruit would, in all places and countries, possess the same flavour.

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Federal standards of quality exist for nearly all dried and lowmoisture fruits.

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Hence, dried fruit is generally a good buy when it does not cost more than 5 times the price per pound of the fresh fruit, since the former has no waste in the form of peel and seeds.

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Ripe cold and moist fruits are rotten within days, and logically the body’s heat applied to such foods can also generate corrupt humors if the fruit is not quickly digested and disposed of.

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When fruit or other foodstuffs are found in the possession of thieves, they should be distributed in prisons and given to the poor.

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University of Toronto Press, 2018

Do you consider the whole bowl of fruit to be worthless?

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  • If you make dried fruit at home and not buy the store bought, it’s very good for you. Anything pre-made, shipped in bulk, and sold retail has chemicals and preservatives. I can hardly eat pre-packaged foods anymore. I make everything from scratch from breads, to snacks, to meals. I hardly used boxed anything! Most of that stuff is rough to digest. So I get where this guy is coming from, but to say it’s all bad would be wrong. Too many anti-sugar advocates. Fruit sugar is fine. Everything in moderation. Look we’re all going to die. No one is going to outlive death. Enjoy yourself but be smart so that you feel good.

  • The conception of a high carbohydrate diet blocking fat loss is false.
    When attempting keto, avoiding high carb snacks is a must but that does not make Dried Fruit a non-healthy snack. Lots of dried fruits carry a good supply of vitamins and minerals. It’s more about portion control! I’ve lost a lot of weight with keto and non-keto and I can say for certain that I find myself enjoying food a lot more on a high carb type diet. I’ve lost weight while eating dried fruit as well, apricots, raisins, dates, mulberries were just a few dried fruits I consumed while being in a caloric deficit.

  • They talk SO FAST on this! I must be getting old because my brain can hardly keep up with what they are saying and I frequently have to replay it.

  • The old kidney bean warning once again.
    Many times I, and others, have eaten somebodies home cooked chili attempt, and crunched on the kidney beans.
    I have never known anybody to get sick from improperly cooked kidney beans.
    There appears to be as much chance of illness as there is of catching covid.

  • Where is my container of Oxalic acid, great for cleaning concrete and dealing with rust but last time I used it I put it somewhere safe! PS I hate rhubarb and after researching the Cyanide resistant properties of Cassava years ago I do worry about my relationship with food?

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  • Don’t think tetrodotoxin is there for pufferfish to taste bad to other predators as I have seen a 1 foot long banded leporinus devour a live green spotted puffer and it seemed to really enjoy it, not spitting it out or anything. Leporinus was dead 5 minutes later.

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  • …yes that’s on the ingredients label all that added sugar. People can read the label �� I have a dehydrator. And I understand it’s not a typical house hold appliance but we dehydrate food all the time and don’t add anything to the fruit other than fresh lemon juice to keep the fruit from Browning.

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  • My father is a lawyer and he don’t eat anything throughout his working time, plz suggest me some gd dried fruits mixture for my father. Dr plz give your suggestions

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  • What about dehydrated berries (like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, etc…)? Are they as equally full of sugar and bad for keto if you use your own dehydrator without adding syrups or preservatives? Just wondering…

  • What I want to know is how people figure out how to prepare these things.

    I mean who looks at a toxic plant and thinks “I bet I can do (insert convoluted preperation method here) and eat it!”

  • I love cassava!!! I Love my bammy and boiled cassava and cassava chips. I also love ackee. What this video is telling me is that Jamaicans like food that are possibly toxic. Makes me love my country more.

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  • Here in Brazil we ate A LOT of cassava, in very different dishes. Its not difficult to cook or prepare, you just need to boile it until soft. Actually, would be very weird eat it raw/semi raw. Try some cassava balls, filled with bacon, it’s delicious! ☺️
    And we eat a lot os cashew nuts too, toasted and sweet… That one is more problematic I suppose.

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  • Never eat pufferfish. Just sayin’.
    Oh….and your heart “stops” as you don’t get enough oxygen to the heart, if you don’t breathe. That is the reason people with pneumonia, die. The lung infection is SO bad, that the oxygen you try to breathe in, cannot be filtered into the lung’s vascular system, Thereby, decreasing oxygen to the coronary arteries of the heart. The heart HAS to get oxygen, or the heart muscle dies, thus, decreased cardiac output, heart attack. That is why pneumonia is so bad, if untreated. No one does from pneumonia…..they die from heart failure/heart attack SECONDARY to pneumonia. No one, today, should ever die from pneumonia.
    And you get pneumonia from not taking care of yourself when having a cold or the flu….then pneumonia develops, then cardiac death.

  • Freeze-dried foods of fruits and vegetables made by natural cultivation have already been completed. It can be easily returned to the original state with water, and the taste and mouthfeel are restored to the original state. Those dried fruits and dried vegetables whose cells have not been destroyed can be stored for a long period of two to three years, and are expected to save the future of food shortages.

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  • Spinach contains both calcium AND oxalic acid… go figure. Maybe that’s why Popeye’s arms are like that (lolthere’s no correlation)

  • When he mentioned cassava, I thought he would refer to their leaves which are deadly when consumed. Google it, if you don’t believe me

  • Cassava is more like a potato than a carrot, you can fry them like a potato or cook like a potato too, here it’s called mandioca, there’s various types of it, but the mentioned on the video is known as macaxeira ir mandioca brava, on the other hand the most common ones are just called mandioca and are not dangerous.

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  • The dried cranberries in my cupboard have added sugar but if you dry fruit yourself you do not need to add sugar. We were traveling last week and I ate some homemade dried persimmons. I think it was a good snack choice.

  • shout out to jamaicans!! we might eat four of these foods in the span of a few hours like nothin! just had ackee and rice an peas TODAY!

  • Anything consumed in incorrect quantities tends to be unhealthy. Dried fruit is NOT a “convenience food”.
    I dehydrate bananas to prevent them from ripening excessively and keep them for extended periods of time. Same with apples. If you know how many chips equal one fruit then there is no problem whatsoever. And yes, anything store bought and processed is a gamble in itself.
    This video generalizes. And that is just as bad as no information at all.

  • Ackee and saltfish one of the best Island Traditions!:-) I grew up eating tons of rhubarb Raw and people say Don’t eat rhubarb raw it will poison you well it will not poison anybody!

  • I buy dried prunes and apricots with no added preservatives or sugar, and both of those have high potassium, which is something a large portion of humanity is short of.

  • Wow, if pufferfish is that poisonous and people still put in the effort to risk eating it, then it must taste really good… right?

  • most of your reasons for calling dried fruit unhealthy is the same excuse vegans say about meat products like the blood, pus, and hormones. or saying coffee is unhealthy because people add sugar, CAFO cream/milk, etc
    didn’t like this video

  • Did he seriously talk about how unripe ackee fruit literally cures type two diabetis, but its a bad thing because it make people sick…because most people dont have issues of high blood sugar. That sounds like it could save countless lives from sugar shock and sugar comas. Maybe it is that i know about 20 diabetics that I see that…or maybe once again we are supposed to hear “this thing is bad,don’t ask why though” and peoples eyes cross outwords and they are like “uhhhhderrrp…ok. As long as the tv man says so”… Yup…

  • Cassava cake is my favorite snack since i was very young, i never knew the dangers of improperly cooked cassava food back then, Til I’ve heard of reports of multiple deaths on various schools where children bought some improperly cooked cassava cakes on vendors outside the school. I was lucky i didnt belong to those poor kids who died of food poisoning

  • The puffer fish thing actually made me think of something, a level from Hitman (2016) has you feed an improperly prepared puffer fish to your target.

  • I ferment my dried organic fruit. Get the fruit fiber and vitamins/minerals minus the sugar. All the benifits and none of the negatives.

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  • What if I dehydrate my own food at home and add NOTHING to them.? I know the sugars might condense but if I take what I have and measure it out.. would it not be just as healthy to eat the foods I dehydrate at home, no preserves and no added anything.. to that of hydrated foods I would have to pay over and over again only to watch the unused product go to waste?

  • You said no positives about this nor did you attempt to. Theres many companies that make them without additives or preservatives and also the sugar is natural and carried with the fiber and vitamins/minerals which makes it healthier than many other things you have favored over this. People eat this stuff! its better for you than other snacks, and most of all it help a lot curving sugar cravings which will stop you from making worse food choices.

  • I heard something about dolphins pass pufferfish around they puff and something comes out of them and apparently makes the dolphins high so they basically use pufferfish to get high.

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  • I’ve stopped eating cashews and cashew products because the companies who process cashews don’t actually provide their workers with proper protections and they end up getting blisters all over their hands

  • Automatic thumbs down ��
    1. You automatically lost all credibility by saying “dried fruit is the worst snack”
    2. There are A TON of dried fruit options out there that do not contain added sugars or preservatives.

    This information is very misleading.

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  • An honorable mention would also be polar bear meat;
    Although my people have been eating polar bear for centuries (* canadian inuit *)) it is a well known fact that polar bear must be boiled for a very very long time

  • Let’s cook all our food for accelerated ageing..! Makes sense! Alkaline beats acid! Just like a battery! Science sucks! You just parrot ��

  • Yeah I’ve tried to grow rhubarb multiple times and it died every single time. Now knowing that eating it improperly can cause kidney stones I’m quite glad that I was never successful.

  • Like I don’t even get why ppl hate on him?! He’s so nice and sweet and super funny. But well, haters gonna hate
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  • You guys make about $20 million dollars/a month from your subscribers paying to subscribe to your channel. Wow. How soul selling greedy can you be? Sad.

  • We usually just fry cassava. Yum.we make chips too. We literally dig them up, peel them, season and either boil or deep fry them….

  • If people were nicer about everything. Things would be better.

    If someone comments and accidentally wrote thigs instead of things then. You shouldn’t be like “You’re spelling everything totally wrong it’s things not thigs”. You should be like “By the way you may have wrote things the wrong way. I am not trying to be mean just telling you so that you notice.”

    Oh, another thing is saying “I am not trying to be” mean doesn’t mean you can something very very mean after. You might not know how mean some words are for some people. You could also make someone happy just by doing a little thing that’s nice.


  • How about prunes? They are high in fiber and potassium. Couple of prunes would be 12 net carbs, is it that bad to eat 2 prunes for a dessert?

  • I live in a very ‘wonderbread’ area.
    A few years ago, local grocery stores started selling cassava. All I could think of was some Karen cooking them up like scalloped potatoes and poisoning everyone at a potluck.

  • Of course the keto guy says dried fruit is unhealthy. Keto is a hack; it works for some by having your body run on ketones as a fuel alternative. It’s just that though…AN ALTERNATIVE!! Our natural fuel source is carbohydrates; that is scientific fact. Carry on ��

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  • How about potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers. These are nightshade plants and contain cyanide. I know many people do eat these veggies and don’t get sick but some people are allergic to cyanide and sometimes develop symptoms of arthritis.

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  • Doesn’t Lectins play an important role in nitrogen fixation, by specifically interacting with the carbohydrates of capsule of symbiotic bacteria, Rhizobium?

  • I wonder if Ackee fruit could help type one diabetics….
    Given unripened fruit in controlled amounts could control high blood sugars, if what you say is true about it’s effect on the glucose levels in the blood.

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  • I’m new to you channel!! I’m so happy I subscribe because you have a lot information. Im feel bad because my mom is diabeted And i though that dry fruit was great for her.

  • A little off topic but… I’ve just learned that fat is actually lost via exhalation and excretion in urine and faeces. If that’s true, how does food fuel the body?

  • lol… love how they keep trying to genetically modify things only to realize they’ve already been optimized naturally… keep putting fish into rice tho.

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  • I eat prunes in small servings so the GL of my servings never go over 5. That’s the same GL as berries. Prunes keep me regular so i’ll continue to enjoy them

  • Japan is number one IN BOW JOBS IN THE WORLD

    Having recently come back from Japan where I got some of the best bow jobs in the world… but at what price?

    Fugu is an aid to giving really good bow jobs:

    Fugu is the Japanese blow-fish which is a poisonous fish but is served in some of the finest Japanese restaurants at a considerable price.

    What one is paying for is the removal of the toxin (tetrodotoxin) so the eater won’t die… but not all of it. In fact patrons must sign waivers and chefs must be licensed and even then every year people die in Japan from eating Fugu.

    Why do people assume such risks? Fugu is a drug experience.

    It leaves the body tingling and slightly numb… just what the Japanese Yakuza or CEO needs for a five hour bow job.

    Knowing this underside of FUGU eating, tabloid papers are always printing pictures of various celebrities eating FUGU. Some even have contests where only the mouth parts of the guest will be shown and people try to guess the Fugu guest just by the mouth.

    The interest is that Japanese are always attempting to ‘save face’ i.e. not be embarrassed and so the point of the contest is to embarrass the guest. The picture of the male Fugu patron is shown as it is no big deal that a male wants a five hour bow job after a Fugu meal.

    U don’t give a bow job with your neck and shoulders, you give it with your heart… and mouth.

    They dismiss as a myth the idea that trace amounts of poison are occasionally left intact to produce a tingling sensation on the diner’s lips.

    Wrong Organ!

  • did jaheim just subliminally throw up rollin with a Crip sign after? ���������� ©️
    Def wouldn’t be surprised Cuzz he said blue after so! ����

  • Thankyou Dr Berg for this reminder. Some organic fruits such as figs dont have added sugar or sulphates but I note that natural sugars are still high!