As winter starts ,Eating dry fruits in winter in daily diet is very energetic and good for health and mind. Dry fruits are the most beautiful natural gift of the winter. Dry fruits are small but concentrated packages of nutrition, high in fiber, potassium, and enzymes. Easy to digest, they are good cleansers of blood and improve our digestive system. Dry fruits are also used in making medicines – Almond which is often called the king of dry fruits is used in many medicines and almond oil is used for many hair treatments. Dry fruits are also used in many dishes. Especially in sweet dishes like cakes, pastries and in chocolates. It is also used in Arabian food in different gravies and rice. Many doctors and nutritionists give advice to their patients to use dry fruits for better and complete diet.
Following is a list of excellent healthy dry fruits for health:
Raisins are sweet, succulent, dried, seeded or seedless grapes. The term ‘raisin’ also refers to currants and sultanas as well as any other form of dried grape. Raisins can vary in size and are green, golden, brown or dark, depending on the grape variety used and the method of drying. They have sufficient sugar content and thus higher food value. Raisins are an excellent food and are also important during period of recovery. They enrich our blood as it is a very good source of iron.
Figs are seasonal fruits that are found in the western parts of Asia, but dried figs are available almost everywhere, at any point during the year. The fig tree is a member of mulberry family.The health benefits of figs come from the presence of minerals, vitamins and fiber contained in the fruit. Figs contain a wealth of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine.
Almonds (Prunus dulcis) are the seeds of almond trees. They are closely related to cherries, plums and peaches.They are an excellent source of magnesium, vitamin E, fiber, unsaturated fats and many other nutrients.Almonds may also promote weight loss and help reduce belly fat. Additionally, they have been shown to strengthen the immune system and help improve heart and digestive health.
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
A prune is plum cultivars, mostly Prunus domestica or European Plum, sold as fresh or dried fruit. In general, fresh prunes are freestone cultivars (the pit is easy to remove).Prunes are used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes. Stewed prunes, a compote, are a dessert. Prune juice is made by softening prunes through steaming and then putting them through a pulper to create a watery puree. Prunes and prune juice are thus common home remedies for constipation.
Another of the excellent healthy dry fruits for health are the cashew nuts. They provide protein and fiber to body. Cashew nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fat, thus useful for heart problems. They are also a good source of potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and copper.