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    Dried Fruits... good or bad?

    I have been adding dried fruits to my cereals in the morning. Tastes good and is more convenient than fresh or frozen fruits. So far I have tried a bunch of dried fruits, my favorites are apples and cranberries. Makes my bowl of oatmeals delicious with a few nuts...
    Since it tastes good, is convenient and I like it, I figure there must be a catch... is it "bad" for me?
    Is there a dried fruit kind to stay away from..?

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    no, only thing you may want to watch is the sugar but even that would be pushing it. Definitely good as a laxative too

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    Sulpher may not be great for you. Make sure to drink plenty of water!
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    Not sure if this helps, but I found canned pumkin great for putting in oatmeal in the morning. Also easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJ13US
    Not sure if this helps, but I found canned pumkin great for putting in oatmeal in the morning. Also easy.
    Wow! That sounds great. Good idea and thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCommuter
    I have been adding dried fruits to my cereals in the morning.
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    I use a lot of dried fruit. But having said that... how much time does it take to slice a banana? Or rinse a handful of berries? A couple seconds. You need fresh fruit in your diet, and I am going to guess you aren't getting enough if you think slicing a banana is 'inconvienent'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late
    I use a lot of dried fruit. But having said that... how much time does it take to slice a banana? Or rinse a handful of berries? A couple seconds. You need fresh fruit in your diet, and I am going to guess you aren't getting enough if you think slicing a banana is 'inconvienent'.
    I think he meant easier to come by and easier to keep (fresh fruit goes bad).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheebahmunkey
    I think he meant easier to come by and easier to keep (fresh fruit goes bad).
    That's what I meant. I can slice a banana or an apple, but it sucks when I pay a lot of $$ for fresh berries only to find many of them are molding within a couple of days of purchase...
    But your point goes to the heart of my question... what nutritional tradeoff do you make when using dried fruits Vs fresh...

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    No trade off that I know of. If you are watching your weight, remember dry fruit is more concentrated, so the serving size should be smaller. I think 1/4 cup of raisins = 1 cup of grapes, for example.

    Any one like to eat dry fruit on the bike? I find it holds up better than a banana on a long ride and lots of sugar for energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    No trade off that I know of. If you are watching your weight, remember dry fruit is more concentrated, so the serving size should be smaller. I think 1/4 cup of raisins = 1 cup of grapes, for example.

    Any one like to eat dry fruit on the bike? I find it holds up better than a banana on a long ride and lots of sugar for energy.

    I like dried fruit on the bike and if it is a little tart, I may roll it in a little sugar. I keep it in a small ziplock bag.

    If you can find them, FRESH dates are wonderful on the bike. They are easy to eat, improve with room temperature and are tasty all all get out; good medjool dates remind me of caramels, but they are better for me--an they keep me "weally wegular."
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    I like dried coconut on shredded wheat cereal. It makes things a little less boring. Plus, if you pay attention you'll find it in your poop later. Then you can show your poop to your friends and tell them you have worms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo
    I like dried coconut on shredded wheat cereal. It makes things a little less boring. Plus, if you pay attention you'll find it in your poop later. Then you can show your poop to your friends and tell them you have worms.
    AHHHHH!!!!!!!! I've been reading this forum for almost a year, and that's the funniest thing that I have ever read! Thanks! I needed a laugh!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DXchulo
    I like dried coconut on shredded wheat cereal. It makes things a little less boring. Plus, if you pay attention you'll find it in your poop later. Then you can show your poop to your friends and tell them you have worms.
    I'm not sure the original poster cares but I think coconut is high in fat. Not sure though. I know coconut milk is high in fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    No trade off that I know of. If you are watching your weight, remember dry fruit is more concentrated, so the serving size should be smaller. I think 1/4 cup of raisins = 1 cup of grapes, for example.

    Any one like to eat dry fruit on the bike? I find it holds up better than a banana on a long ride and lots of sugar for energy.

    Good point. I was thinking the same, buit was too distracted to express it!
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    Pfft... wuss. Try a mcdonalds big mac for breakfast. If you survive, you're a real man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCommuter
    I have been adding dried fruits to my cereals in the morning. Tastes good and is more convenient than fresh or frozen fruits. So far I have tried a bunch of dried fruits, my favorites are apples and cranberries. Makes my bowl of oatmeals delicious with a few nuts...
    Since it tastes good, is convenient and I like it, I figure there must be a catch... is it "bad" for me?
    Is there a dried fruit kind to stay away from..?

    O.
    The only negative I can think of is that the energy density is higher than fresh fruits. That's only a negative if you were over weight as we tend to need more calories from high energy dense foods to become satiated. I also like to add walnuts (another energy dense food) as it's a good source of non-animal fats and has nutrients not plentiful in other commonly eaten foods. And, very impotantly, they taste good!

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    I usually take a lot of dried fruit with me when going on longer (4+ hour) rides, but I've never had a problem with running out of energy even when I would go on long rides with no food at all.

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