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Trying to Lose Weight? Why I Recommend Avoiding Most Dried Fruit

When folks begin to eat a real food diet and stop eating grains, processed foods and sugar, there is a pull toward over consuming fruit and nuts. Dried fruit can be a real problem with creating unstable blood sugar levels, leading to weight gain and sugar cravings.

Medjool Dates

  • ONE Date is 18 grams of carbs – turns into 4.5 tsp sugar in your bloodstream.
  • Dates may be great for athletes who need to fuel on the run but most people do not do well with this much concentrated sugar.
  • One cup of chopped dates is 134 grams of carbs – turns into 33.5 tsp of sugar, approaching 3/4 cup sugar.


  •  Raisins: 1/2 cup is 65 grams of carb and turns into 16 tsp sugar

Dried fruit is concentrated sugar.

Dried Fruit is often contaminated with mold

Dried fruits are susceptible to mold growth and mycotoxin formation because of their high sugar content, method of harvest and drying conditions (Trucksess and Scott, 2008).

Dried Wolfberries are Different

Yes, you can enjoy nutrient-dense Dried Wolfberries in your salad or trail mix, but still watch the amount that you consume.

Young Living offers unsweetened, organic, dried wolfberries, a specific high-antioxidant variety, Ningxia wolfberries (Lycium barbarum).

You can sprinkle about 1 Tbs of these on a salad and it is only 4 grams of carbs.

High in Antioxidants

Young Living offers organic unsweetened, organic, dried wolfberries, a specific high-antioxidant variety, Ningxia wolfberries (Lycium barbarum).

Wolfberry story

Young Living Founder D. Gary Young spent his life searching for the secrets to longevity, energy, and vitality. Along the way, he was introduced to Dr. Songqiao Chao, who shared information about a delicious, ancient berry, long-praised in China for its powerful health benefits.

Gary was told that people who regularly ingested this berry led remarkably long and healthy lives. Analysis by biochemists at the Ningxia Institute of Nutrition showed the wolfberry to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Young Living’s Ningxia wolfberries are certified USDA organic, making them a great snack choice.

With polyphenols and polysaccharides, this exotic berry is touted around the world for its taste and nutrients.


Whole dried organic Ningxia wolfberries (Lycium barbarum)

Suggested Use

  • Enjoy 1⁄2 oz. (approx. 1 Tbsp.) as desired.
  • Wolfberry Tea: Bring 8 oz. of water to a rolling boil, and then let cool for 3 1⁄2 minutes.
  • Line bottom of cup or mug with dried wolfberries and add water.
  • Steep for 5 minutes and stir before drinking.
  • Wolfberries can also be added to your Slique® Tea for a new flavor twist.
  • Once you have finished your tea, remember to enjoy the hydrated wolfberries!
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