More people are turning towards dry fruits, both for gifting and consumption too. You get Dry fruits and nuts like raisins (kishmish), almonds (badaam), cashew nuts (kaaju), pistachio (Pista), walnut (Akharot), prunes (sukha aloo bukhaara), dates (khajoor)
Dry fruits and nuts are packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, all of which are which are good for health. Some of the major health benefits of dry fruits and nuts are:
It is a healthy substitute for conventional snacking options, which are generally high in sugar, and can be enjoyed anytime. Almonds are rich in anti-oxidants and have zero cholesterol. They are known to provide relief from constipation, respiratory issues and heart disorders, besides being great for hair, skin, and teeth.
Raisins: Raisins are made from dehydrated grapes and are used in both sweet and savoury food preparations. They are good for health and have been known to reduce acidity and aid in digestion.
This shelled nutty delight is extremely nutritious. It is loaded with vital Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibres, proteins, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Pistachios: Pistachios are good for the heart as they help in lowering bad cholesterol level. They also help prevent diabetes and boost immunity.
Dates: They are used in different types of sweet dishes and can also be consumed on their own. The dry fruit is rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, and natural sugar and is believed to provide relief from constipation, apart from treating anaemia.
Apricots: Apricots have 47 per cent of your daily Vitamin A needs in a single serving and are a good source of potassium, Vitamin E and copper. Vitamin E, like all anti-oxidant vitamins (A and C), is vital in protecting the cells from damage caused by free radicals. This is especially important in the summer months when the sun is at its strongest. It contributes to healthy skin, eyes and immune system.
Keep heart in great shape: They are good for the heart as they prevent coronary heart disease. Cashews contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids and pistachios contain vitamin B6, both these nuts are cardio-protective. Moreover, dates can prevent atherosclerosis.
Prevent anaemia: They are rich in iron and help fight iron-deficiency anaemia, which is highly prevalent in Indian women.
Maintain healthy body weight: They are packed with vitamins and minerals which helps in the management of body weight.
Reduces cholesterol: Pistachios contain high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol” that helps to check low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol”, thereby keeping the heart healthy. Almonds are a rich source of omega-3-fatty acids which helps to lower LDL.
Boon for diabetics: Nuts have a very low glycaemic index since they have high levels of unsaturated fatty acids and proteins and low carbs which make them ideal for diabetics.