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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