How Is Nutrition Affected?

ciderchic

Member
How is nutrition affected when you dehydrate fruit? I ask because a friend was telling me that it concentrates the sugars. We have several diabetics in the family, so I don't want to be insensitive and gift them dehydrated fruit if they can't eat it.
 

Jason

Charlie Mops wannabe
Staff member
The caloric value of a fresh food stays the same when it is dried, although some dried foods, fruits for example, taste sweeter because with the water removed, the sugar is concentrated.
That is about the only thing I've found. Well other then that commercially dehydrated will sometimes add sugar.

Some further reading on the subject.

http://www.greensmoothie.com/dhd/faq.php

http://www.drystore.com/page/page/1346972.htm#anchor5

http://www.livestrong.com/article/533563-fresh-vs-dehydrated-food-nutrition/
 

ciderchic

Member
Thanks for the links, Jason. I was checking them out and came across one paragraph in particular about sugar content of dried fruit. Based on what I read, it sounds like dried fruit is worse for you than fresh fruit if you're sensitive to sugar.
 

brewbaby

Member
The amount of sugar doesn't change. It just concentrates it in a smaller piece than it would be when fresh, that's all. The problem would be that many people will eat a larger amount of dried fruit than they should. A diabetic should definitely be very careful about eating the right portion.
 

ciderchic

Member
The amount of sugar doesn't change. It just concentrates it in a smaller piece than it would be when fresh, that's all. The problem would be that many people will eat a larger amount of dried fruit than they should. A diabetic should definitely be very careful about eating the right portion.
I think the lack of water content in the dehydrated fruit also affects how a person's body metabolizes the sugar too, though. From what I read, fresh fruit sounds like the best option for a Diabetic, which is why I'm leaning away from dehydrating now.
 

melli

Member
Very interesting and not something I would have thought of. I always thought dehydrating foods was healthy but it doesn't sound like it for fruits. The sugar in the fruit would be good sugar though right?
 

Maverick

Member
As long as you keep eating the dried fruits in moderation you should be alright. It makes sense that the amount of sugar stays the same, but it's smaller so you naturally think you need more.
 
I think you'll be okay with regard to eating dehydrated fruits and veggies. Energy, calories and sugar in this case, never just appear out of nowhere, so there is no way for more sugar to magically appear in dehydrated fruits.
 
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