What are dry fruits?
Dry fruit are fruit that are dried, either naturally or artificially by a machine, such as a dehydrator. Examples of dry fruits are Raisins, Almonds, Cashew and Dates.
A good dry fruit has a long shelf life and therefore it can be used as a good alternate to fresh fruit, which allows out of the season fruits to be available. Drying is a very well-known way to preserve fruit when there is no refrigerator. Dried fruit is mostly used in baking mixes, breakfast cereals and making cake. Dried fruit is a healthy snack and since the public is ready to pay more for the snacks than staples, the quality is improving all the time.
Below is the details of few the dry fruits that we store in our house but eat rarely:
- Raisins keep our skin healthy as they contain Resveratrol, an antioxidant that slows down skin ageing.
- Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that have a heart-protective role and are excellent for your brain and skin health.
- Almonds are also rich in Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium, all of which go hand in hand to maintain normal blood pressure, improve blood circulation and maintain healthy heart function.
- Trace minerals like copper and manganese found in almonds have added to their health quotient.
- Both copper and manganese are needed in very small quantities, but have an important role to play.
- Eat in small quantities (3-6 pieces) daily to get a whole entourage of health benefits.
- Almonds are effective in treating acne. This dry fruit is used in face packs as well.
- Dates are very delicious and contains essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, required for normal human growth, wear-n-tear and overall well being.
- Dates are rich in fructose and dextrose, dates provide simple sugars easily and are a good way to start the day and jump-start the body’s metabolism.
- Eat 1-2 medium-sized dates daily.
- Cashews are also considered a rich source of dietary fibre and helps maintain healthy gums and teeth. Cashews are rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer.
- Cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron, eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue, and produce the skin and hair pigment melanin.
- Cashew nuts are rich in Vitamin E and consist anti-ageing properties, which is fruitful for skin.
Importance of dry fruits:
- Dry fruits are your anticancer militant. They also contain vitamin A, C and Iron.
- They helps in preventing wrinkles and fine lines.
- Healthy skin
- Potassium is vital. e.g apricots
- Iron content can be increased in your body.