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Cindi Small (Holistic Nutrition Specialist) answered
Dried fruit isn't bad for you, but should be eaten in moderation.  All fruit contains fructose, a sugar that is metabolized differently than glucose in such a way that in excess it can lead to the accumulation of visceral fat (the kind that accumulates around the inner organs).

Simply put, dried fruit is just regular fruit without the water (sometimes with added chemicals to retain coloring).  To judge how much dried fruit you should eat, think how much of a fully hydrated fruit you would eat.  A handful is more than enough!

Also, excessive dried fruit consumption can lead to gas, bloating and loose stools.  Some people are more sensitive than others so start small to see how your body tolerates it.

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Stefanie Mendez, RD (Registered Dietitian ) answered
Hi Anonymous! 

Dry fruit is certainly not bad for you, in fact it can be a healthy part of your diet as the previous comments shared. The key point that Sandra pointed out is "in moderation." Although dry fruit has lots of vitamins & minerals, it also has sugar and calories so be sure to follow portion sizes (I find it very easy to over eat dry fruit). I recommend buying a larger bag and scooping out 1/4-1/2 cup. You can put this portioned amount in a small bag to-go with some granola or yogurt for a healthy snack! If you have diabetes, be extra careful to consider the amount of sugar each portion provides. 

Also, organic dried fruit means that the fruits were grown without the use of added chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and other requirements (see the USDA's website for a detailed definition http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/ofp/ofp.shtml). Conventional or regular dried fruit is just as nutritious for you, but if you are trying to eat more organic foods, I applaud you! 
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Sandra Trinidad, MPH, RD (Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist) answered
Organic fruit is not bad for you in moderation. Dried fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals and you can easily add them as a snack or into your smoothies to replace any unnecessary sugars.

For example, Dried Pitted Prunes have 110 Calories in 5 dried Prunes. 
Prunes are a good source of Potassium and are a good source of fiber.

Happy Eating!

Sandra
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Heather Vargas (Certified Holistic Health Coach) answered
Organic dried fruit is always the better option and if it's conventional, it has been sprayed with chemicals during the growing season, adding chemicals and toxins that are known carcinogenics, can damage thyroid, hormonal balance, and cause infertility. 
It has also been said that the fruit of conventional growing that is dried uses chemicals to dry them as well and are full of unwanted preservatives, there's no need for these as the drying process preserves them for some time. 
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