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DRIED FRUITS: why take it in the summer?

There are those who consume dried fruit during the holidays (eg Christmas) and those who do not give up dried fruit for any reason in the world.

The world of dried fruit is varied and ready to satisfy everyone's palate, do you know how it can be divided?

Dried fruit can be divided into two main categories:

- shell : very rich in fat and low in sugar

- pulpy : on the contrary, low in fat and high in sugar.

1. Nuts

Also defined as oily fruit due to its large amount of fat inside, this category includes: walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, almonds, etc.

In addition to being tasty, they are excellent foods for the presence of polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats (90%), that is good fats.

Valuable allies for the cardiovascular system , as they help lower blood triglycerides , reducing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease.

Small tip : fats are extremely sensitive to heat sources, so to benefit from their properties it is advisable not to take toasted nuts.

In addition to the presence of fiber and the low quantity of sugars inside, nuts are very rich in vitamins and minerals and have antioxidant properties.

When to take it?

Dried fruit, due to its quantity of fats, should be consumed between meals and if possible, avoid consuming it in the evening. In fact, its consumption would weigh down digestion.

Instead, it can be a valid alternative for a tasty snack and to appease the sense of hunger by munching on good nutrients.

The ideal recommended amount is around 30 grams per day .

2. Pulpy dried fruit

Figs, apricots, dates and plums are part of this family.

Known, however, for their low percentage of sugars but are excellent as a source of fiber and mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins.

The presence of fibers in it is excellent for regulating intestinal function , while the mineral salts stimulate concentration and improve nervous functions.

In summer

Dried and dehydrated fruit are essential especially in summer because they are very rich in mineral salts and vitamins that are lost during sweating .

Consuming them before an intended physical activity (eg for athletes) allows you to get the right energy, integrate mineral salts and provide the right amino acids for the reconstruction of muscle tissue after exertion.

The high content of Vitamin E in dried fruit makes it ideal for protecting the skin from photoaging caused by the sun.

You can therefore enrich your summer dishes with your favorite dried fruit or make it your umbrella companion for this summer!