Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bugsy | 2009-06-03


Dried fruit - preservative-free

Hi there,

I previously asked on this forum if I could use dried fruit in making fruit purees as all the nice Summer fruit is out of season &  you said that it wasn' t a good idea due to the preservatives used.

I found dried peaches &  apricots at the Dischem that are 100% preservative free - and you can tell as they look very different to the bright juicy ones that are preserved!

I soaked them in water over night - not in the fridge - and pureed them with cooled, boiled water in the morning. I plan to serve them with oats or rice/maize cereal.

1. Is this safe? I checked the expiry dates &  that was fine but they haven' t been preserved so I' m a bit worried about goggos etc. I rinsed them after the soaking &  poured that water out.

2. I' ve made some dried fig &  date purees (I freeze blocks) and am keen to try them but am worried about the above problem &  the fruit sugar content (there is no sucrose added) - is it okay to give to babies (my boy is 8 months old &  very big)?

Thank you,

Expert's Reply



This form of dried fruit is much safer, but I still think that your baby is a bit young for all of the fructose and also the small pips in the figs for example. Your bay should be at least 1year old before giving him this kind of fruit

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