ISLAMABAD: Dry fruits, a winter treat, are good source of fiber which help keep digestive system smooth and functional.
According to health experts, dried apricots contain 6.5 grams fiber per cup while fresh apricots contain just 3.1 grams.
A recent study of Harvard School of Public Health pointed out that dry fruits help prevent obesity, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
Dry fruits generally contain more fiber than the same sized serving of their fresh counterparts, it added.
Dry fruit generally contains a lot of fiber and is a great source of antioxidants especially polyphenols which are associated with health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases.
Dry fruits also help lower blood pressure, improve blood sugar control, decrease inflammatory markers and blood cholesterol and lead to increased feeling of fullness.
All of these factors should contribute to a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes and heart disease.