Dried Fruits

Eating dried fruits is a healthier way to satisfy your craving for sweets because they contain fructose, the natural sugar found in fruit. Dried fruits also provide many of the basic nutrients we require on a day-to-day basis. These include antioxidants, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fats and more. Here are but a few of the many health benefits of Compass Dried Fruits.

Figs

Figs never lose their potency even when dried! They contain vitamins A, C, E and K and others, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron and potassium. Dried figs are rich in antioxidants and provide relief from constipation because of their high fibre content. Dried figs can also reduce inflammation, and its potassium helps control high blood pressure by increasing salt excretion.

Apricots

Dried apricots contain vitamin C and A, copper, fibre and potassium. They’re a prime source of antioxidants that help lower your risk of developing cancer, can improve eye health, strengthen bones, keep your electrolytes in balance, and have a high fibre content that reduces bad cholesterol and helps you lose weight. Dried apricots contain potassium that keeps blood pressure levels stable while their iron content helps prevent anemia.

Thompson’s, Sultanas & Golden’s Raisins

Raisins like sultana raisins, thompson and golden raisins are cholesterol-free, low in sodium, high in fibre, 100% fat-free and rich in iron and copper necessary in the formation of red blood cells that combat anemia. Raisins also contain the phytochemical resveratrol, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and blood-cholesterol-lowering properties.

Mandarin Orange Slices (Tangerine Slices)

Dried orange like Mandarin oranges (Tangerine slices) have higher levels of antioxidants than regular oranges and are prime sources of vitamin C and fibre. Their beta-carotene antioxidant can also be converted into retinol – the vitamin that helps maintain healthy vision and support your immune system.

Cranberries

Called “superfruit” because of their high nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, dried cranberries lower your risk of urinary tract infections because they contain powerful antioxidants that prevent certain bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract. Their antioxidants combat certain types of cancer, can improve your immune function and decrease your blood pressure. Dried cranberries are also a good source of vitamin C, fibre and vitamin E-1. They also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients – naturally occurring plant chemicals that help to protect the body and offer anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties as well.

Prunes

Prunes are a great source of vitamins and can lower your risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Traditionally hailed for their fibre that can regulate the digestive system and reduce constipation, prunes also helps lower cholesterol while increasing feelings of fullness. Prunes increase absorption of iron in the body and are also ideal for weight-loss programs.

Blueberries

Dried blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of all fresh fruit. They’re rich in anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, E, A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. Keep in mind that the deeper the colour of the dried blueberries, the richer they are in antioxidants and other medicinal benefits.

Cherries

Dried cherries have higher levels of antioxidants compared to some other fruits and are one of the few foods that contain melatonin that helps regulate heart rhythms and sleep cycles. Dried cherries contain almost 20 times more beta carotene (vitamin A) than blueberries and strawberries and are also rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fibre.

Dates

Dried dates have natural sugars like fructose and dextrose help to replenish energy quickly. Dried dates are high in dietary fibre that prevents bad cholesterol absorption while reducing constipation. Dates are high in iron, potassium and minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium and vitamin K. They also contain vitamin B-6, niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin.