Tuesday Trade Up: Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is a great portable snack and can provide great texture to couscous salads, chicken salad or even in cereal. But not all dried fruit has the same nutrition. The compact fruit can be a concentrated source of nutrition but can be a concentrated source of calories so use caution and stick with serving sizes.

Our Tuesday Trade Up of the week is dried fruit.
Sunsweet Dried Mango NuVal = 8
Trade Up to:
Sunsweet Dried Apricots NuVal = 91

Why should we pick dried apricots over dried mangoes? The dried mango has more calories, more sodium, less potassium, more carbohydrates with less fiber and more sugar. Instead of spending all that time reading and comparing the food labels you can rely on the NuVal scores, right on the price tag. Remember the higher the score, the better the nutrition.

Sunsweet Dried Mango
Serving Size: 4 pieces
Calories 130, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 100mg, Potassium 160mg, Total Carbohydrate 31g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 24g, Protein <1g, Vitamin A 35%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%.
Ingredients: Dried Philippine mango, sugar, sulfur dioxide as a preservative

Sunsweet Dried Apricots
Serving Size: 6 apricots
Calories 100, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 0mg, Potassium 420mg, Total Carbohydrate 24g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 15g, Protein <1g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.
Ingredients: Dried mediterranean apricots, natural flavors, preservatives (sulfur dioxide and potassium sorbate)

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