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Offline tuffguy12

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What's your take on raisins and prunes
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:34:23 AM »
I know paleo says fresh fruit > dried fruit

I am also aware of some dried fruit being covered in sugar; before paleo I had a thing for dried mangos but I stopped eating them because they were covered in sugar.  Sucks.

But what is your take on raisins and prunes?  I don't think these have sugar added, possibly some preservative if anything.  Do you incorporate them into your diet or do you avoid them?


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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009, 11:55:40 AM »
I won't say that raisins or prunes are nonpaleo, but I prefer grapes and plums myself.


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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2009, 01:50:28 PM »
Small amounts of raisins are OK. Be aware they are high in carbs. I put a small amount of raisins on my salad (less than 1/4 cup). Sometimes I make a quick snack with walnuts and raisins.

Read the labels.  I've seen "organic" raisins that had sugar added, I've seen dried cranberries that had sugar and canola oil on them. But, Sun Maid raisins are nothing but dried grapes (but they aren't organic).

I haven't had prunes in a couple of years.  But, I've had dates that were not coated with sugar.
Dates are good but high in carbs too. 

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2009, 03:59:02 PM »
Yes, they are high in carbs, they are all sugars. I would only have small quantities.

That's a good point, Paleo Dude, about the additives. There can be many various additives, including oils, sugars, preservatives, even flour to keep them from sticking together.

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2009, 04:49:57 PM »
yeah, its really easy to eat a handful of dried dates, but try eating that many if they had all there water in them. It gives you a good indicator of what percentage by weight fruits really are of water


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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 03:38:21 PM »
I belive that a moderate (3-4) prunes/day can be very very healty. Good Anti-oxidants, do not spike your insulin level too much, and have a decent amount of "gentle" fiber.

When I first switched to primal, my digestive system was having a hard time adapting because I ate a ton of fiber from whole grains.

As soon as a added a few prunes daily, I became "regular" again....

also - I find dried dates to be pure sugar. so sweet, and I can feel the sugar spike when I eat them.

-pk

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009, 08:01:31 AM »
I am incorporating dates and raisins.  I just keep away from things with "added sugar", etc.  I'm sure our ancestors ate dried up fruit when they found it, particularly becaue it was pretty sweet.  Just watch overall carb intake.  Hey, it's not like you're eating a doughnut!

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009, 07:38:35 PM »
Great for after a big work out session especially cardio because of there alkaline content but go easy when not exercising

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2009, 04:43:14 AM »
I don't think our ancestors would have come across any dried fruit. Most fruit that we like is equally loved by animals and birds and is snatched up really fast. We'd have to get to it before they did, which means it would not be dried.

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2009, 05:06:05 AM »
That said, you would assume having a piece of dried fruit with a glass of water would be similar to having the fruit itself.

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Re: What's your take on raisins and prunes
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2009, 05:41:52 AM »
Dried fruit is going to be much more calorie dense than fresh, too, so it is much easier to overdo it.  That being said, it's still not like someone scarfing down a doughnut full of empty calories.  I don't know if it is really paleo, but it doesn't seem like a bad addition to your diet, particularly since the dried fruits are so portable.  I like to take a small bag of raisins and nuts with me when I'm going somewhere that food might be scarce (hike, etc).  Great "energy insurance", in my view.  When I run longer distances, I can feel the boost about 10 minutes after eating some raisins.  I know that's the sugar concentration, but sometimes it helps, and it doesn't seem to spike your blood sugar as much as some kind of carb loaded "energy bar" or something.