DRIED FRUITS – Not All Are Created Equal

Dried mango slices should look like this! And they should contain "mango" and NO other ingredients! Yum!

Dried mango slices should look like this! And they should contain “mango” and NO other ingredients! Yum!

You have a craving for some candy, but you hold strong and refuse to give into the temptation of all of those artificial colors and flavors. You reach for some dried fruit, instead, and rest easy knowing that at least you’re eating something “natural,” right? Well, kind of…maybe…..sort of….it depends – – You MUST read the ingredients list!

Let’s take dried mango, for example… because it’s my FAVORITE!! 🙂

You wouldn’t think you’d need to even look for an ingredients list on something like “dried mango.” After all, isn’t it just self-explanatory? You’d think so…and that’s how it should be….but that’s not how it is!

Here’s an example of some dried mango I recently purchased at Trader Joe’s in Omaha (not that Trader Joe’s is necessarily any better/worse than any other retailer – believe me, they also sell versions of dried fruit that are not so pure as this example).

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Ingredients list shows that the product contains just “mango,” which is all that I would use if I were to dry some mango at home (click picture to enlarge).

Compare that ingredient list to the one on the bag  below. Granted, there’s still some “real fruit” in there, as the front of the package suggests. However, there are a few other things in there that you might not suspect. What makes this mango so much different from the others that it needs artificial colors, etc. to be added!?!? I’m not sure I want to know!!

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My advice: Look for dried fruits that contain nothing but fruit in the ingredients list! They are out there!

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2 thoughts on “DRIED FRUITS – Not All Are Created Equal

  1. Is sulfur so bad if you know you don’t react to it? Those white peaches at T Joe’s are sooo good and that is all that is added.

    • I guess I’m very skeptical about any ingredient that isn’t really necessary in food. They say it’s “safe,” but they also say that things like MSG are safe, so we all just have to decide for ourselves. Many food reactions are not immediate, so it can be difficult to say with 100% certainty that one is not reacting. For instance, if my hubby inadvertently ingests additives, he’ll have a headache or insomnia up to 8 hours later!

      P.S. – Are you referring to dried fruit? If so, I definitely recommend the unsulphered, unsweetened dried mango at Trader Joe’s. YUMMY!!!!

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