Monday, June 20, 2011

Dried Fruit on a Raw Food Diet

Recently, I talked about my love affair with the delicious fresh Barhi dates I received from The Date citizen in California. I swear, they no ifs ands or buts taste like caramel!

Since then, I've been asked a few times about dried fruits like dates and if they should be eaten on a healthy raw food diet. I figured now would be the exquisite time to write back this question.

Dried Fruit

Should You Eat Dried Fruit?

Dried Fruit on a Raw Food Diet

Obviously, I eat and enjoy dates, but I also no ifs ands or buts like raisins and dried berries. I will sometimes eat raisins in the evening for a quick snack if I find myself still hungry after dinner.

However, I am particular to eat these foods sparingly.

That's because once a food is dried, it is no longer whole. Most, if not all, of the water has been removed, as well as vital nutrients along with that water.

And if you want to be thoroughly accurate, these foods are not truly raw. To be "raw" is to be totally unprocessed and whole, and these foods have clearly been refined.

But that's beside the point.

The point is that dried fruit is not an enough substitute for fresh fruit that is still in its whole state. It is without fail something you can eat and enjoy, but it should not come to be a staple in your diet.

How Much Can You Eat?

It's best to limit dried fruit to a small snack or as an added ingredient in recipes. When I eat raisins or dried blueberries, for instance, I tend to only eat a few handfuls at the most.

Again, it is always a step up to eat your food fresh.

That said, I will make a meal of fresh dates, like the delicious Barhi dates. Fresh dates are more water-rich than their dried counterparts and much more delicious.

If you've ever had fresh dates, you know exactly what I mean.

Did I mention...caramel candy?!;)

How About Dried Fruit and Nuts?

If you've read my article on food combining, you know that fatty foods like nuts and seeds should be eaten on their own or only with vegetable matter and less-sugary fruits like tomatoes and cucumber.

In other words, these foods should not be eaten with fruit. That's because fat takes much longer to absorb than the uncomplicated sugars in fruit do, which can lead to elevated blood sugar levels and fermentation.

This rule also applies to dried fruit, perhaps even more so. Because the sugar in raisins, dates, etc. Is so concentrated, it is even more important that you consume these foods separately from high-fat foods like nuts, seeds, and avocado.

So there you have it! You can totally eat dried fruits as part of a healthy raw food diet. Just make sure to limit the whole you consume and to be mindful of the "dreaded" fruit and fat combo.

Go raw and be fit,


Dried Fruit on a Raw Food Diet

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