Again, you hear the word fruit and you think, “Of course, that’s a healthy option.” Bad news, friend, it’s not. Check the labels before you purchase dried fruit. Not only are the ingredients somewhat questionable, so are the serving sizes. Companies use sulfur dioxide to preserve the freshness and increase the shelf life; also, they add a ton of sugar to sweet the flavor – cranberries and pineapples have a scary amount of sugar added.
While dried fruit is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it’s super easy to overeat. The added sugar is similar to soda because it never truly satisfies your hunger and tells your brain that you need more food.
If you’re worried about overeating, just opt for the fresh alternative – fresh fruit. Grab an apple, banana, or pear and you’ll still get the fiber and nourishing vitamins that you need to eat on a daily basis. Try placing the fruits in a convenient place that is visible. You’re more likely to select the option, if it’s in your view.