Dried Fruits are the richest source of vitamins and minerals. They perfectly replace refined sugar, as some of them are five times sweeter than berries and fruits. Contained in them fiber is a natural "broom" for the intestines.
The Disadvantage is that during production drying dried fruits are usually treated with sulfur dioxide or sulfurous acid. Therefore, before eating, they should be soaked for 5-10 minutes in warm water and then rinse well.
For example, dried apricots not treated with sulfur dioxide are darker, almost brown to brown.
Now consider different types of dried fruits in more detail.
Prunes – rich in fiber, sucrose, pectin. Used in raw and boiled form. Prunes contain so much plant fiber that can easily cope with cleansing intestine's. Very useful for the digestive tract under propensity to constipation, increases bile secretion, increases secretion of gastric juice.
Dried Apricots – dried apricots without bone and Uryuk – dried fruit with bones. Dried apricots and dried apricots are the leaders among dried fruits in the content of micro and macronutrients. Rich in iron, potassium, magnesium. Indispensable at hypertension, anemia, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases. Even obese patients are recommendedfasting days on dried apricots: 300 grams of fruit divided into 4 meals per day.
Raisins – dried grapes s stone. Sultana – a variety of raisins from grapes without seeds. On 70 % consists of carbohydrates. In large quantities contains potassium and iron, so strengthens the heart and nervous system. A decoction of raisins helps with cough and constipation. But people with overweight and diabetes abuse of raisins is not recommended.
Dates – contain coarse dietary fibers that can irritate the gastrointestinal tract. A large number of carbohydrates in the composition, not allows them to be taken at diabetes. The useful properties of dates include treatment of colds and removal of fatigue.
Figs – there are a lot of glucose and fructose. And it contains an enzyme protease, which helps to soften the hard fibers of meat. Fig jam is useful for gastritis, broth – for bronchopulmonary diseases, dried fruit – for hematopoiesis. In Japan, figs are used in the treatment of cancer. Due to substances that have antitumor activity, malignant cells do not multiply and the tumor dissolves.
Figs is contraindicated in diabetes, and raw – in acute diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.