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ok i love snacking on dried figs n dates and go through periods where i just finish up a 250g bag or so in a go, everyday. i buy those that have no added sugar n all and are organic, but still, i wonder if it's bad for me to be snacking like tht (yes, i am addicted) as after all, they are still (natural) sugars. any ideas??
 

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that's a lot of sugar to be eating, but i don't think it will do you any real harm.<br><br><br><br>
what, exactly, are you wondering about?<br><br><br><br>
i'd just be meticulous about brushing my teeth a lot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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i think i am worried about putting on weight!!!!! i have not so far though but i do worry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Basically.. You can either eat ten figs, or you can eat five figs and a potato.<br><br><br><br>
Does that make sense? If you fill up on figs, you won't crave another snack later: Therefore, you won't put on weight- Because you're still just consuming as many calories as you need.
 

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actually, i went thru a dried fruit obsessive phase when i was trying the raw food thing and i ended up gaining weight..i'm pretty sure it was beacuse of all that freakin dried fruit/sugar.<br><br><br><br>
the other thing is (in excessive amounts of course) it'll stain your teeth.<br><br><br><br>
but i agree.dried fruit is great. it's probably a good thing i don't have a dehydrator!
 

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It's the good kind of sugar (fructose), which has a low glycemic index - you won't get diabetes from it. (If it's not sweetened w/ table sugar...)<br><br><br><br>
The only prob I see w/ dried fruit is that it's easy to overeat. In fact, it's the only way how you can overeat fruit. I can easily eat like 10-15 pineapple rings in a short period of time, but I certainly couldn't eat a whole fresh pineapple or more.<br><br><br><br>
Any surplus calorie will be converted to fat and stored in the body.<br><br><br><br>
And of course if you're addicted and eat them compulsively, then it's another problem, not one of the dried fruit... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I used to be addicted to aforementioned pineapple rings.<br><br><br><br>
But they are great. I usually enrich my all fruit breakfast with dried fruit/raisins otherwise I will get hungry again too soon.<br><br><br><br>
I don't have a dehydrator either. I think it's cheaper to buy them dried than make your own.
 

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i can eat six whole, fresh pinapples at one sitting, oatmeal.<br><br><br><br>
you wimp! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
man, that would just be painful.<br><br><br><br>
i used to be addicted to dried apricots. dried dates. dried figs. raisins. dried mangoes. dried papaya. dried pinapple. it was bad..but apparently i had my fill, cause i dont eat much dried fruit anymore. (at least not in the crazy quantities i once did many moons ago)
 

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i'm a dried fruit fiend too...<br><br><br><br>
i think it made me put on abit of weigh when i needed to, but now i'm stable it's all good...<br><br><br><br>
i totally understand your addiction...<br><br><br><br>
sometimes i get in the car and drive in to the supermarket at odd hours when only dried figs will do!
 

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Mmm... pineapples are wonderful. Dried or fresh...<br><br><br><br>
Dried Apricots are yummy, too! Mmm, and banana chips.<br><br><br><br>
I just love fruit in general, I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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it's very nice to know that i am not the only dried fruit addict!!! though i try not to indulge myself too much cos i believe that too much of anything is never good. or at least tht is what i tell myself to peel myself off the cravings!!!!
 

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I used to be addicted to driets fruits and sweets and now I just use the dried fruits in cereals and I occasionally have a sweet.<br><br>
I am also trying to get away from sugar and I also use fructose instead of sugar.<br><br>
I love those Alternative Baking Company Cookies every once in a while. Shannon/Zimma
 

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how do you make dried fruit if you don't have a dehydrator? should the fruit be a little underripe, ripe or a little overripe? i would assume mealy apples are out!
 

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You make them by using The Ultimate Dehydrator There Is.... the sun!!! I use it occasionally for different stuff - including dehydrating myself - and it works great!
 

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you just leave them outside?<br><br>
i'd thought it was done in the oven or something. i was wondering about it the other day too cause i'd like to do apple and banana chips. i'd be more likely to eat them than fresh apples and bananas.
 

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Yup! Also, if it doesn't dry in one day, I just leave it out for 2 days - don't even bother with bringing the stuff in.<br><br><br><br>
You can have it more complicated too, though. I've read some websites and they tell you what to do - like they say some fruit has to be prepared (blanched?) before drying. Also, you can use ascorbic acid and others to keep the fruit from browning while it gets dry.<br><br><br><br>
But this guy...<br><br>
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... likes no complicated things, and he also likes foods in their natural form. So I just don't give a damn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
BTW: see how the pro's are doing it...<br><br><a href="http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/pictures/pic_apricot.html" target="_blank">http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/pictures/pic_apricot.html</a><br><br><br><br>
I love those pics! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><br><br>
Lately I've been doing sun-dried raw breads and crackers (made with sprouted wheat and other grains). It works great.<br><br><br><br>
p.s. Yes - you can do it in an oven too if you leave the door slightly open I think...
 

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i think if i left it outside the squirrels would make off with it. so i may try the oven thing. lowest possible heat with the door open.<br><br><br><br>
my mom dried apple slices this way once actually, to make a wreath for christmas. i had totally forgotten about that. they didn't brown that much aside from the skin
 

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Oatmeal, those are great pics of the apricots! That's dried-fruit heaven for me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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today at lunch I had dried papaya pieces with vanilla yogurt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 
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