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What is the Serving Size of Dried Fruits?

 

Q. I received the following question from a small company that manufactures dried fruit snacks, I am not sure how to answer it!”I see some of my competitors saying that they offer ”1 serving of fruit and veggies” but I can’t figure out what they are basing that claim on.  Any ideas?”Can you advise me on how to answer?Thank you!

 

A. Since dried fruit loses water and therefore volume during the drying process, nutrients, calories, and sugar content become concentrated.  To compensate for nutrition and calorie equivalency, the serving size of dried fruits. For example, raisins and dried apricots is ¼ cup vs. the 1 cup serving size of their fresh counterpart.  About The Buzz: Fresh Fruit is Much Healthier than Dried Fruit?

 

 
 
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