Why are fresh and dried fruits better than fruit snacks?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A lot of fruit snacks tout that they are made with real fruit juice and provide a full day’s worth of other vitamin C and other nutrients. But when it comes down to it, the added sugars and artificial ingredients render any of the potential nutritional benefits moot.

Slim strategy: try fresh or dried fruit

The real thing is your best option. Fresh and dried fruit are both rich in fiber, phytonutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Fruit snacks offer none of this. Aim for five servings of real or dried fruit a day.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Fresh and dried fruit are good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fruit snacks however are often filled with artificial ingredients and added sugars. They also don't provide fiber. Enjoy fresh and dried fruits as healthy, portable snacks.

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