Posted On Jul 26, 2016
By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
It’s a quandary we all face, every day. While we know certain foods are healthy for us, those Milky Way bars always look so good. The next time you’re tempted, opt for one of these healthy, tasty dried fruits. They’ll not only satiate your sweet tooth, they offer health benefits galore—from a clear complexion to extra energy.
DRIED CRANBERRIES Skin Nourishment
Packed with vitamin C, dried cranberries work hard to nourish your skin from within. Along with their many beauty benefits, cranberries also provide relief for urinary tract infections due to an active ingredient that helps prevent the E-coli bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall.
RAISINS Good Bone Health
This ubiquitous high fiber snack is not only packed with beneficial antioxidants but is also a prime source of boron—the mineral that is known to help reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women.
DRIED CHERRIES Improved Sleep
Thanks to the melatonin found in cherries, a handful of the dried tart variety helps promote better sleep. Suffer from gout? The anthocyanins, antioxidant-rich pigments found in cherries as well as other berries, help to block pain and reduce levels of uric acid.
DATES Extra Energy
Rich in dietary fiber, iron, skin-nourishing vitamin A, and antioxidant tannins, dates have a low-glycemic index (GI), which means they release their sugars slowly while keeping your energy levels steady.
FIGS Increased Iron
Avoid the health damages like anemia that result from low iron levels by snacking on four dried figs to cover your daily intake.
APRICOTS Clear Skin
To fight skin breakouts exacerbated by too much stress, choose to snack on high fiber dried apricots packed with vitamin A, betacarotene, and potassium, which also reduce swelling by diminishing the water retaining properties of salt.
PRUNES Radiant Hair
While our mothers told us to eat prunes when we were feeling constipated, a prune also has the goods for promoting healthy, flowing hair. Researchers found that prunes pack twice the antioxidants than the much-lauded blueberry, provide double the power to help your hair glow, and easily lay claim to the superfruit crown.