Dry fruits are a rich source of nutrients. A large variety of dry fruits is available, including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, figs, raisins and apricots, and all of them have significant amounts of proteins, minerals and fibres.
The dry fruits not only provide sufficient energy to the body but also enable easy digestion. They also serve as a healthy snack between the main meals.
At the same time, many people have apprehensions over consuming dry fruits every day. But, according to P S Sushama, a dietician at Jindal NatureCure Institute, dry fruits can help control blood pressure and are good for a healthy heart.
In a recent interview, Sushama said that dry fruits would also help reduce body weight if they are eaten in moderate amounts. “Dry fruits are also ideal for a healthy brain as they are rich in iron and copper,” she said.
Meanwhile, the dietician offers the following advice to people who plan to add dry fruits to their daily diet.
Quantity: When consuming dry fruits every day, ensure that the amount does not exceed one-fourth of a cup. Excess quantities could increase your body weight.
Sugar: Avoid dry fruits coated with sugar, as they could increase blood sugar levels. Dried grapes lose some of their sugar content when soaked in water for some time and squeezed.
Water intake: While consuming dry fruits, drink plenty of water. This prevents dehydration.
Balanced diet: You have to include normal fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins in your daily diet along with dry fruits.
Preservatives: Some dry fruits contain preservatives such as Sulfur dioxide. They have to be avoided.