With the busy day-to-day grind, Americans are snacking more than ever. And while healthy snacking certainly has its share of benefits, choosing snacks with sufficient nutritional value is key. Between their grab-and-go convenience, 100% real fruit ingredients and the absence of added sugars, Sunkist Fruit Chips® are the ideal better-for-you snacking choice. But it doesn’t stop there. Here are 10 health benefits of incorporating freeze dried fruit snacks into your diet:
1. FIBER & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
From helping to maintain a healthy weight to lowering the risk of heart disease, fiber is essential for a healthy diet. Though fresh fruit is a great fiber source, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the amount. Up your daily fiber intake with NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips Medley Blueberries • Strawberries • Cherries.
2. ENERGY & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
Despite their small size, freeze dried fruit contains enough carbs to provide long-lasting energy, while remaining a smarter (and lighter!) choice than a heavy bagel or croissant. For an afternoon pick-me-up, try snacking on NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips Medley Blueberries • Strawberries • Cherries.
3. ANTIOXIDANTS & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
Studies have found people who have a diet rich in antioxidants tend to live longer, healthier lives than those who don’t. During the drying process, antioxidants concentrate, making dried fruit snacks an excellent source of antioxidants. Empower your diet with Sunkist Fruit Chips Crunchy Strawberry.
4. IRON & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
If you’re at-risk or dealing with an iron deficiency, dried fruit may be your answer. Every 100 g of dried apricots contains more than 50 percent of the daily iron requirement.
5. SKIN CLEARING & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
Did you know fruits can clear up your complexion? What’s more, dried mango contains Omega 3 and other fatty agents necessary for healthy skin. So give your skin the glow it deserves with a handful of nutrient-rich NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips Medley Banana • Mango • Pineapple.
6. HEALTHY WEIGHT MAINTENANCE & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
Complete with fiber and vitamins, dried fruit snacks are a better-for-you option when looking to maintain a healthy weight and curb sugar cravings. Next time you’re reaching for the ice cream, grab freeze dried fruit.
7. IMMUNE BOOSTING & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
With its ability to ward off illness, our immune system is vital in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Research suggests healthy-living strategies, such as eating a diet high in fruit, are a good starting point for strengthening your immune system. Being a substantial source of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, dried mango is a great immune-boosting snack. Work it into your diet with the NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips Medley Strawberries • Mango.
8. HIGH POTASSIUM & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
Once dried, fruits are some of the most concentrated high potassium foods. And with their long list of benefits, there’s no excuse not to snack on them on the reg. Our top picks for potassium-rich dried fruit snacks: Sunkist Fruit Chips Crunchy Banana and Sunkist Fruit Chips Crunchy Fuji Apple.
9. MAGNESIUM & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
While not as well-known as calcium and sodium, magnesium is an important mineral that shouldn’t go ignored. And here’s just one of the many reasons why: a high-magnesium daily intake reduces the risk of developing diabetes by 33 percent. Dried fruit snacks, such as apricots and dates, are particularly high in magnesium. Sneak them into your snack routine by tossing a handful into your favorite Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™.
10. BONE STRENGTHENING & DRIED FRUIT SNACKS:
You may associate prunes with digestion, but according to a study, dried plums are the most effective fruit in both preventing and reversing bone loss. So dig into a serving of the dried fruit snack to improve bone strength and overall health.