Studies on the health Benefits of Dried Fruit
A study published in The British Journal of Nutrition, January 2009, reports that consuming dried plums slows the development of atherosclerosis, the buildup of waxy plaque inside blood vessels.  This is an inflammatory disease, better known as "hardening of the arteries," and can lead to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Another study reported in the August 2008 edition of Cancer Research showed that eating dried black raspberries prevents the development of cancer by restoring carcinogen altered and damaged genes to their normal state.
The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 2007 reported a study that found that dried cranberries have infection fighting power, due to their high antioxidant capacity. They were found useful in the prevention of urinary tract infection and for the prevention of oxidative stress. 
Some Beneficial Dried Fruit
raisins are dried grapes and retain most of the benefits of the grape along with other benefits they develop as raisins. They are rich in boron, iron, potassium calcium and the B vitamins, and are a good source of fiber. They contain phytonutrients such as resveratrol and olenolic acid.
apricots are another dried fruit with a high nutritional profile. They are rich in fiber, Beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, silicone, and potassium. Apricots are also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects against cancer, and they are high in fiber.
cherries are related to plums, peaches, apricots, and almonds along with many others from the Rose family. They are a good source of vitamins A and C and potassium. They contain pectin and antocyanins, which are flavonoids linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
Cranberries are high in fiber and have high levels of antioxidants, they are known to treat bladder and urinary tract infections. Regular consumption of cranberries can kill the H. pylori bacteria, known for causing stomach cancer and ulcers. Extracts of chemicals found in cranberries prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying in test tube experiments.
This is not by any means a complete list of beneficial fruits; all dried fruits contain a wealth of nutrients and provide a host of health benefits.
Sulfur Dioxide in Dried Fruit
Conventional dried fruits may be treated with chemicals such as sulfur dioxide or sulfite. This is to help prevent oxidation, bleaching of colors and to extend their shelf life. This compound sometimes causes allergic reactions in people and can have other adverse effects on the body.
Try to avoid the sulfites by buying organic dried fruits. These are usually free of additives and organic dried fruit has usually been sun dried or dried at temperatures low enough so that vitamins and enzymes remain intact.
Dried fruits should be stored in tightly closed glass containers, in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator.
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