Apple is a popular fruit that contains antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber and a wide range of other nutrients. Due to their diverse nutrient content, they may help prevent several diseases. Dried apples are a delicious and healthy snack. Also known as apple rings, they are full of natural sweetness.
Drying food is the oldest method of preserving food for later use. Drying removes moisture from the food so that yeast, bacteria and molds cannot grow and spoil the food. Dried apples are chewy, soft and lack moisture due to the drying process. It is tan to light brown in color. Apples are cored, then peeled and cut into rings.
Dried apples are an excellent source of both types of fiber. Dried apples are also rich in antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage, including immune-boosting vitamins as well as minerals like iron and calcium.
History of Dried Apples Apples were probably found two to ten million years ago. Sun-dried fruits have been one of the common methods of food preservation since the colonial era and have been in practice since the Stone Age. In 1620, Pilgrims brought apples to North America and used them to make pie, cider, vinegar, and butter, or consumed dry. The annual production of apples in Iran is about 3.41 million tons, of which about 28.5% is in Azerbaijan province.
Eating dehydrated fruit is a good way to meet the recommended amount of fruit consumed by the USDA, which is 2 cups per day for men and 1.5 cups for women. Dehydrated apples are a source of essential nutrients for your health and contribute to a healthy diet.
One of the main benefits of dehydrated apples is their dietary fiber content. Half a cup of dried fruit contains 3.7 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber helps you stay regular—it bulks and softens your stool to prevent constipation. It also slows down the digestion of food and prevents the increase in blood sugar that makes you tired and hungry shortly after eating. Since fiber helps keep you satisfied after a meal, dehydrated apples are a filling snack.
Dehydrated apples are also a source of vitamins that are good for your health. Apples contain very small amounts of other vitamins C and A, two nutrients that keep your skin and bones strong and healthy. They contain several B vitamins that collectively support your metabolism and nourish your liver and skin. Vitamins help you make neurotransmitters, chemicals needed for brain function.
Dehydrated apples are also good for your health due to their mineral content. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, each half-cup serving contains 4 percent of your daily recommended potassium, a mineral essential for nerve and brain function. Dehydrated apples also contain a small amount of iron. 8% of the recommended daily requirement for men or 3% for women. You use this iron to make new red blood cells so your tissues can receive fresh oxygen from the bloodstream. Eating dehydrated apples provides small amounts of other minerals, including copper, manganese, and selenium.