Dried cranberries are a tasty snack that can be enjoyed by themselves or added as a topping to salads and entrees for a little texture and sweetness. They have a lot of healthy qualities to them, but how many calories in dried cranberries are there? Lets find out.
There are 130 calories in dried cranberries. The typical serving size is 1/3 of a cup. This number is pretty consistent across the different brands of dried cranberries you come across. The most popular brand of dried cranberries is Ocean Spray. They refer to their dried cranberries as craisins. They too have 130 calories in 1/3 of a cup.
Dried cranberries are basically fat free. If you are on a low carb diet you will want to avoid them because one serving has 25 grams of carbs. In reality, the dried cranberries are not nearly as healthy as fresh cranberries. The reason they are not as healthy is because the antioxidants are stripped during the drying process. This is not done on purpose, but happens naturally.
Typically cranberries have a lot of phytonutrients and antioxidants, but in dried cranberries they are virtually non-existent.
Its fine to enjoy dried cranberries in moderation. They are a great alternative to satifying your sweet tooth compared to candy. Just make sure to take it easy and not over indulge.
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