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#1 Old 08-30-2017, 09:20 AM
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Although dried fruits like figs, prunes and raisins (on their own) make for a healthy snack, they're also among the foods that are often laced with the highest amount of sulfites, usually a sulfite called 'sulfur dioxide.' Sulfur dioxide is often used as a preservative. It keeps light-colored, dried fruits from browning, kills bacteria and increases the shelf life of a food product as it sits in the grocery store.

Sulfur dioxide is a chemical compound. It is poisonous in its gaseous state. Many people, especially those who suffer from asthma, may be sensitive to sulfur dioxide. Anyway, I don't like the sound of all that. That's why, rather than eating dried fruits, I prefer to eat dates.

Dates are NOT a dried fruit. They are also already brown so they don't need to be kept from browning. In fact, they don't need preservatives at all because they naturally have a long shelf life all on their own.

Dates have a high fibre content and are rich in a lot of minerals and vitamins that are needed by the body; and they contain beneficial phytonutrients as well. I simply like dates, though, because eating them satisfies me when I get a sweet tooth.

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#2 Old 09-02-2017, 03:38 PM
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I have asthma, and sulfites bother me- I make a point to check wines and beers. The golden raisins are the ones that are treated with sulfar dioxide, the dark ones may be sometimes, but at least Sun Maid are not.

I did my research, because I'm not a fan of dates, but do like raisins. Raisins have more potassium and twice the iron of dates. People say dates are a good source of calcium but from the several different sites I've browsed only find them at 3% for 100 grams! I used 100 grams for a more equal comparison

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#3 Old 09-02-2017, 05:23 PM
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Dates are good. I used to eat dried currants a lot - they look like raisins, but smaller.

Like you're saying, sometimes just the orange- or golden-colored dried fruits that are treated with sulfites (check the label). Dried apricots, for instance. When you buy dried apricots that are sulfite-free, they look brownish.



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Dates are one of my favourite snacks lately. I love stuffing them with almond or peanut butter and then covering them with chocolate, it's like a healthier Snickers.
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#5 Old 09-11-2017, 03:41 PM
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Epic! Thank you for this post. I had never considered sulfer dioxide and will be keeping my eye out for it in the future. I am excited that dates do not contain it because I eat a lot of them
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#6 Old 09-11-2017, 11:25 PM
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Definitely. I too love dates. It helps in increasing blood content.
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Ounce for ounce comparison has raisins and dates almost neck and neck. Raisins have twice the iron though, but very similar for most other catagories. I believe raisins win a bit at most

I'm glad, i much prefer raisins and may switch it up when recipes call for dates!

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I'm staying here in UAE and this country is lucky to have great dates! If it is summer and Ramadan, you'll see dates anywhere! Even my kids love dates milk.
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#9 Old 10-11-2017, 01:33 AM
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I'm staying here in UAE and this country is lucky to have great dates! If it is summer and Ramadan, you'll see dates anywhere! Even my kids love dates milk.
As long as it's soy milk.

I'm on my way back to that area this weekend. Looking forward to making walnut-stuffed dates again. It's about the only fruit I can find, too. Everything else I have to find frozen.
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