Dried fruits offers some advantages over fresh fruits: a longer shelf life and portability. Note that if you are watching your weight, dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits. Some dried fruits contain sugars added during processing which increase its calorie content. However, most dried fruits are without additives and offer numerous health benefits.

Because most of the water is extracted from dried fruits, their nutrients are condensed into a small package. Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium, reports the European Food Information Council. Dried fruits contain six times more fiber than fresh fruits (about 15gms of fiber per 100gms), promoting intestinal transit and preventing constipation.