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BANGKOK 18 July 2019 14:13
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Are dried fruit a healthy snack option ?

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I have recently started snacking in the evening with various dried fruits, dried strawberry, cranberry & a pack containing mixed tropical fruits, I'm concerned that they maybe high in sugar/fructose and not helping me to lose a bit of weight, normally I would devour half a pack of Digestive biscuits 😀 I'm off the booze and doing as much as I can manage on my exercise bike, any advice gratefully received thanks.

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For snacking rather than crisps and peanuts and chocolate, i have muesli with milk and a small banana. Weetabix is also good. Porridge would fill you up but i only have for breakfast

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Try your best to stick with cooked whole grains, starchy vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and fresh fruit, and see if that helps you to lose weight.

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On 10/13/2018 at 9:39 PM, Taggart said:

Try your best to stick with cooked whole grains, starchy vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and fresh fruit, and see if that helps you to lose weight.

That's about the best way to INCREASE weight!  

 

NO STARCH AT ALL if you want to lose weight!  Bad advice.  Seriously.  

 

Any vegetables should be green and leafy.  That's the only ones that will help.  Tomatoes are out too - too much sugar.  

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On 10/13/2018 at 5:29 PM, scubascuba3 said:

For snacking rather than crisps and peanuts and chocolate, i have muesli with milk and a small banana. Weetabix is also good. Porridge would fill you up but i only have for breakfast

Muesli is VERY high in carbs and calories and not at all a good way to lose weight.  

 

My two snacks are kep moo (pork scratchings/rinds) or those little crispy fried fish you can get on the market stalls.  Very filling due to the high fat content - it's fat that fills you up and makes you feel satiated for longer.  Carb-rich foods make you feel full but only for a short time as they are processed quicker than carbs and protein.

 

That's once reason why the Thais eat about 7 meals a day,  because the refined white rice they insist on eating is broken down way faster than fat or protein.  

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Probably better than the half packet of biscuits! But dried fruit is pretty calorific so if you are aiming to lose weight there are probably better things you could be eating.

 

With that being said, you can quite easily still lose weight and regularly eat dried fruit just as long as you are regularly in a caloric deficit. 

 

For that matter, you could regularly eat biscuits and as long as you are in a caloric deficit, you still lose weight. 

 

 

 

 

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On 10/13/2018 at 4:26 PM, BritManToo said:

Why not eat fresh local fruit? it's not as if there's any lack, and dried fruit is usually expensive in comparison.

I totally agree as there is a wide variety that can be purchased (when in season) from your local market or even Tesco, BIG C, Tops, Rimping (Chiang Mai) and Makro supermarkets. I always wash the fruit before eating - just to be on the safe side.

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eat what you want and get your arse down the gym!

works for me.

and I am a former RN PTI.

 

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12 hours ago, Mister Fixit said:

That's about the best way to INCREASE weight!  

 

NO STARCH AT ALL if you want to lose weight!  Bad advice.  Seriously.  

 

Any vegetables should be green and leafy.  That's the only ones that will help.  Tomatoes are out too - too much sugar.  

Well, that's not what I've seen.  People who include starches as part of their diet tend to lose weight.  Oh, and tomatoes are included as well, along with the leafy greens, etc. 

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I presume you are trying to lose weight- to be honest there is a simple formula- if your energy intake is less than your energy expenditure- you will lose weight. 

 

My view is that snacking has caused many problems- why are you snacking on biscuits etc. 

 

Unless you are manual worker ( no) or perhaps live in a very cold climate(no)  - you just do not need any more than two meals a day - and cut way down on portion sizes. 

 

On the other hand dried fruits and nuts are not too bad - in moderation perhaps with a cereal. Apart from some quite specialised cells - there is a good reason why the body goes to a lot of effort to maintain a constant blood sugar level.

 

Although I must admit - avoid that fiendish American invention: high fructose corn syrup- not good. 

 

Enjoy your dried  fruit - in moderation 

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Healthier than a chocolate bar but not really a healthy snack. Eat some fresh fruit instead. More filling, fewer calories, a higher level of vitamins. 

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