Do you know what type of conservation is the most ancient? Drying! It allows you to preserve food supplies without losing useful properties and vitamins, and due to the lack of moisture, products are not threatened with rotting. Our ancestors used only the sun and wind to dry fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms, while the modern food industry has much more advanced units.
Raisins for the work of the brain and strong nerves
Raisins contain a lot of fiber, vitamins (PP, A, B1, B2, B5, B6, C), organic acids (nicotinic, ascorbic, folic, tartaric), and trace elements (boron, iron, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, potassium, phosphorus), thanks to which dried grapes are useful for the gastrointestinal tract, brain, and nervous system. And it is also considered a natural antioxidant, is able to normalize the functioning of the kidneys, liver and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
High-quality raisins are fleshy and matte. It is always sweet, without any foreign aftertastes. Gloss, softness, and oiliness, however, can be signs of chemical treatment with sulfur dioxide.
Dried apricots for the heart and blood vessels
Research shows that when apricot is dried, almost 90% of its beneficial properties are retained, and the content of vitamins, micro-and macroelements increases 3-4 times compared to fresh fruits. The calorie content is also growing: there is 232 kcal per 100 g. Approximately 100 grams of dried apricots contain the daily value of potassium, iron, and beta-carotene for an adult. The use of dried apricots reduces the risk of gastrointestinal disorders, constipation, heart and vascular diseases, anemia, high blood pressure.
That is why dried apricots are very useful for maintaining the health of the heart and blood vessels.
Dried pineapples to fight a bad habit
Dried pineapple boasts vitamins A, C, P, and B group, magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. There are also quite a few trace elements: manganese, cobalt, copper, molybdenum, and chromium. Pineapples also contain silicon, which is necessary for strengthening the walls of blood vessels, improving the condition of joints, which is important for the beauty of hair and nails.
Pineapple is famous for containing bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down fats. Great and unfounded hopes are pinned on it by those who wish to lose weight. But do not forget that there is 236 kcal in 100 g of dried pineapples.
And the most incredible thing: many quit smokers say that they have coped with the bad habit with the help of … dried pineapples, which have reduced their cravings for cigarettes.
Dried bananas for quality sleep
Dried bananas are sometimes called banana figs because of their physical resemblance. This dried fruit contains a lot of potassium, which is necessary for all our muscles, including the heart. The uniqueness of dried banana is that it contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid that is part of proteins, which is involved in the synthesis of serotonin. And serotonin, in turn, helps to eliminate emotional stress, improve sleep, relax and feel happy.
Dried kiwi for pressure and beauty
“Chinese gooseberries” are rich in vitamin C, surpassing even citrus fruits in this. In addition, dried kiwi contains vitamins A, B1, B2, PP, B6, B12, E, K1 (phylloquinone), D, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, pectin, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc, antioxidants, and amino acids, fruit acids, flavonoids, organic acids. Thanks to such an assortment of useful substances, this dried fruit helps to lower blood pressure, strengthen the walls of blood vessels, reduce the risk of blood clots, and preserve beauty and youth.
Prunes for bones and digestion
Dried fruits of dark varieties are called prunes. Due to the content of beta-carotene, a large number of vitamins (E, PP, C, group B), micro-and macroelements (iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, cobalt, iodine, zinc, fluorine, manganese, copper) prunes help to increase the strength of bone tissue.
Dried Zucchini for Liver & Healthy Nerves
We will not surprise you if we say that dried zucchini is also a storehouse of vitamins, fiber, micro-and macroelements. This dried vegetable has a mild diuretic and choleretic effect normalizing the nervous system and blood glucose levels and relieving constipation. Dried zucchini can be easily reconstituted with water and used to prepare your favorite meals.
Dried mushrooms as a source of nutrients
Previously, long garlands of mushrooms strung on a thread served as a decoration for every hut. And for good reason. Dried mushrooms contain vitamins B, A, C, PP, D, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, as well as iron, potassium, selenium, tocopherol, niacin, and chitin.
There are more proteins in them than in meat, and there are as many carbohydrates as in vegetables. And this is with a fairly low-calorie content!
By the way, today, in order to prepare dried vegetables or fruits on your own, it is not at all necessary to hang them in the sun and wait several weeks.