The difference between the nutritional value of organic food and regular food is a hotly debated topic. The general belief is that organic food is better and more advantageous because they are, well, “organic” and conventional foods are worse because of pesticides and harmful farming methods. Research does not necessarily back up these claims. The difference between organic and conventional fruit is really the preference of the consumer, not the product itself. The term organic has become a marketing tool in the United States. It represents an ideology, not a statement of health
Dried fruits have had some of their moisture removed either through natural means such as solar and wind, or through the use of a food dehydrator. The most popular dried fruits are raisins, prunes, apples, apricots and bananas.
Dried fruits are very high in cancer fighting antioxidants. They can also be rich in a variety of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese and sodium. Because of the drying process vitamin C and D may be lost.
BBC News reported that British scientists have found that there is no additional health benefits from eating organic food. Both organic dried fruit and conventional dried fruits are chemically identical. Both farming techniques use pesticides use organic farms naturally derived pesticides and conventional farms use synthetic. Both have the same risks and benefits, and both have the same results. Some organic products are also produced by the same companies that produce conventional produce. The main difference between organic and conventional is price.
Instead of debate problem between organic and conventional, it may be more beneficial to discuss the benefits between dried and fresh fruits, irrespective of breeding method. Dried fruits are cheaper, easier to snack on, and have a longer shelf life, but fresh fruit will always be more nutritionally beneficial.
Dried fruits either organic or conventional is a terrific snack and has many advantages. It’s great for grain, mixed with nuts or on its own, but it should not replace the FDA’s recommended five fruits and vegetables a day. Fresh is always preferred.