Dried cherries are a tasty snack that act as an alternative to raisins or the traditional dried cranberries. There are a lot of calories in dried cherries, so if you are trying to cut back on your calorie intake, it is important to watch your intake.
In a quarter of a cup (1/4 cup) of dried cherries there are about 135 calories and a total of 35 carbohydrates. A quarter-cup of dried cherries is a very small portion. In a half-cup of dried cherries there are about double that a total of 270 calories. Most of the carbs found in dried cherries come from the sugars that occur during the dehydrating process. This process creates more carbs and sugar than occur in raw cherries.
Since there are a lot of calories and sugars found in dried cherries, they are not recommended for those cutting back on their calorie or carbohydrate intake. A small amount of dried cherries can be eaten, but if you consume too many your weight loss efforts can be damaged by the excess amount of calories.
There is only one gram of carbs that come from the fiber found in dried cherries. Surprisingly, dried cherries are not high in fiber but raw cherries are. Dried cherries are healthy and contain vitamin A, but they are so high in calories that they are better left off the diet menu plan.
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