Figs the doorbell, it’s broken!
Welcome to Day 3 of our Westminster Fruit Face-Off!
Sometimes some of our favourite fresh fruits are difficult to find in the winter months. They can be expensive or not as sweet and flavourful as we like. Dried fruits can last longer in your pantry and are great for snacking when going on long car trips.
For these reasons, dried fruits can be a popular alternative! But keep in mind, dried fruits are higher in calories because they are more concentrated once the water has been removed.
It is also important to remember that some vitamins are lost during the drying process. A single serving of fresh fruit is 1 cup, but when fruit has been dried, a single serving is only one half of a cup.
When selecting different dried fruits, be sure to read the packaging label. Look not only at the appropriate portion size, but also what else has been added to the fruit. Often dried fruits have additional sugar added to make them taste sweeter. Try and stay away from these ones, like cranberries, pineapple and banana. Look for labels that say,”No Sugar Added," or the dried fruit might become a treat rather than a healthy snack.
Both of our competing dried fruits today are all natural without any added sugar. The apricots have an ingredient called sulfur dioxide added to it, which helps preserve the fruit to make it last longer, and also prevents discolouration. Let’s see which one you find more delicious!!
Will it be the more familiar dried fruit - the apricot?
A ½ cup serving of dried apricots contains 4 1/2 grams of fiber. Apricots have 47% of your daily vitamin A needs in a single serving and are a good source of potassium, vitamin E and copper.
Competing against … the fig!
A ½ cup serving of dried figs contains 7 1/2 grams of fiber. They are also a good source of important minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
So what will it be? The good old dried apricot, or the new and exciting dried fig?