More Dried Fruit in a Diet Associated with Better Overall Health

In a new study from Pennsylvania (Penn) State University in University Park, U. S., researchers concluded that encouraging people to eat more dried fruit that doesn’t contain added sugar could be an effective way to boost the intake of vital nutrients and improve the overall health.More Dried Fruit in a Diet Associated with Better Overall Health

For the study, the researchers analyzed survey responses from 25,590 individuals who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007–2016. The analysis showed that those who ate a significant amount of dried fruit tended to have healthier diets, a lower BMI, a smaller waist circumference, and lower systolic blood pressure than those who didn’t.

Valerie Sullivan, who led the study, says: “Dried fruit can be a great choice for a nutritious snack, but consumers might want to be sure they’re choosing unsweetened versions without added sugar. Portion sizes can also be tricky because a serving of dried fruit is smaller than a serving of fresh since the water has been taken out.”

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