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Dried Fruit: Good or Bad?

Dried Fruit is Loaded With Micronutrients, Fiber and Antioxidants

stacked dried fruit
Dried fruit is highly nutritious.

One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package.

By weight, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit.

Therefore, one serving can provide a large percentage of the daily recommended intake of many vitamins and minerals, such as folate.

However, there are some exceptions. For example, the vitamin C content is significantly reduced when the fruit is dried.

Dried fruit generally contains a lot of fiber and is a great source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols.

Polyphenol antioxidants are associated with health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases.

Bottom line: Dried fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is also high in phenolic antioxidants, which have numerous health benefits.

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Safe Snack Guide

Safe Snack Guide

We’re happy to announce the 2015 Holiday Edition of the Safe Snack Guide, our catalog of peanut, tree nut and egg-free goodies used by thousands of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide to help keep these allergens out of the classroom and the home.

This edition features an entire section devoted exclusively to holiday themed items for your Chanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations! Many are available at your local supermarket or can be ordered online.

School nurses, teachers and PTA organizations refer parents to the Guide to help them select items that are suitable for classrooms designated peanut and tree nut-free, thus making snack time and party preparation significantly easier. Camps, youth sports leagues, and scouting groups rely on the Guide as well.

We are also taking this occasion to welcome a new member to ourManufacturer Partnership: Riverside Natural Foods, manufacturers of the MadeGood™ brand of granola bars. The MadeGood line is free of the top 8 allergens as well as sesame and mustard and is certified organic, kosher parve, non-GMO and gluten-free. Each bar contains the equivalent of one vegetable serving, but don’t tell your kids… they only need to know that they’re delicious! MadeGood bars are now listed in the Guide as well Allergence, our free, interactive allergen screening service.