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    I've been looking for alternatives to chocolate, crisps etc. as snacks between meals and I've come across dried fruit. I bought a pack of dried mango yesterday and I like it, it tastes good but I'm wondering if that's the best healthy thing to snack on which will keep me going until my next meal. Any opinions? Is it a good thing to choose? Obviously I also have normal fruit, bananas and apples etc.

    I wish I didn't "have" to snack between meals, but my blood pressure and sugars can dip quite a lot if I go more than 4-5 hours without eating, therefore I almost always need a snack. I just want it to be healthy so I'm not eating too much sugar and other stuff.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    I've been looking for alternatives to chocolate, crisps etc. as snacks between meals and I've come across dried fruit. I bought a pack of dried mango yesterday and I like it, it tastes good but I'm wondering if that's the best healthy thing to snack on which will keep me going until my next meal. Any opinions? Is it a good thing to choose? Obviously I also have normal fruit, bananas and apples etc.

    I wish I didn't "have" to snack between meals, but my blood pressure and sugars can dip quite a lot if I go more than 4-5 hours without eating, therefore I almost always need a snack. I just want it to be healthy so I'm not eating too much sugar and other stuff.
    Dried fruit is packed with sugar. That's why you like it.
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Dried fruit is packed with sugar. That's why you like it.
    Can you suggest an alternative then? Also, just out of genuine curiosity, if they add sugar to it shouldn't that be listed on the ingredients?
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    tesco do a wonderful 250g pack of fruit & nuts for only £2...

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    { they have changed the packet... it is not see-thru now }
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    Nuts, they’re packed with healthy fats for your brain and will keep you going 👍
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    (Original post by GraceTheTortoise)
    Nuts, they’re packed with healthy fats for your brain and will keep you going 👍
    Yep I also got some almonds and cashews to try later on too. Thank you
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    Can you suggest an alternative then? Also, just out of genuine curiosity, if they add sugar to it shouldn't that be listed on the ingredients?
    Fresh fruit.

    I've completely cut out snacks since I started university (mainly due to cost reasons) and instead started buying fresh fruit which costs quite a bit less.

    re: Labelling, I believe so? You can buy ones with 'no added sugar' I think?
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    (Original post by Blue_Cow)
    Fresh fruit.

    I've completely cut out snacks since I started university (mainly due to cost reasons) and instead started buying fresh fruit which costs quite a bit less.

    re: Labelling, I believe so? You can buy ones with 'no added sugar' I think?
    Yeah I have a bunch of bananas ripening in my fruit bowl as we speak. I also have grapes and apples quite a bit too.

    I thought so too. The ones I bought from Holland and Barrett only say "dried mango slices" on the ingredients list, which is why I thought they'd be okay because that surely means they haven't added any sugar to it.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    I've been looking for alternatives to chocolate, crisps etc. as snacks between meals and I've come across dried fruit. I bought a pack of dried mango yesterday and I like it, it tastes good but I'm wondering if that's the best healthy thing to snack on which will keep me going until my next meal. Any opinions? Is it a good thing to choose? Obviously I also have normal fruit, bananas and apples etc.

    I wish I didn't "have" to snack between meals, but my blood pressure and sugars can dip quite a lot if I go more than 4-5 hours without eating, therefore I almost always need a snack. I just want it to be healthy so I'm not eating too much sugar and other stuff.
    It's better for you than chocolate, but it's still very calorie-dense. To be honest you'd be better off eating fresh fruit. The stomach tends to sense fullness by volume of food rather than by calories, so with fresh fruit, you'll need to eat far less sugar to feel just as full.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    Yeah I have a bunch of bananas ripening in my fruit bowl as we speak. I also have grapes and apples quite a bit too.

    I thought so too. The ones I bought from Holland and Barrett only say "dried mango slices" on the ingredients list, which is why I thought they'd be okay because that surely means they haven't added any sugar to it.

    The problem with dried fruit is that even if it doesn't have added sugar it's very easy to eat a lot of it. People can easily eat 10 dried apricots but who sits down and eats 10 regular apricots? But you're still getting the same amount of sugar and calories just without the water. It's also really expensive.
 
 
 
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