Dried fruits and nuts have been consumed since ancient times and are considered an excellent source of nutrients and energy. They are part of the Mediterranean diet and many cultures around the world consume them, use for celebrations and as ingredients for special occasions.

8 Benefits of Dried Fruits & Nuts:

1. Excellent Source of Protein

Nuts are easy to eat and pack a lot of protein per serving – almonds, pistachios, walnuts and cashews, to name a few.

2. Loaded with Antioxidants

Dried fruits contain superior antioxidant qualitiesdried plums and dried figs being the top choices.

3. Help to Lower Blood Sugars

Pistachios in particular have a glucose and insulin lowering effect which may help to reduce blood sugar.

4. May Reduce Inflammation

Walnuts have the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects.

5. High in Fiber

Dried fruits like dates, figs and prunes contain high amounts of fiber, which improves digestive health and helps to regulate the body’s sugars, among other benefits.

6. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Raisins have been shown to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and bad cholesterol.

7. Excellent Source of Nutrients

Nuts contain nutrients such as Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese. For example, just one Brazil nut provides more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of Selenium.

8. Easy to Eat and Have a Long Shelf Life

Dried fruits and nuts are not only widely accessible but can be enjoyed at any time, on their own or mixed with foods.