Dried fruit is a healthier alternative to refined sugar and just what may satisfy that sweet tooth. Of course not all dried fruit is created equal when it comes to health benefits. The healthiest dried fruits come free of added sugar, although it does impact the sweet factor. There are also some dried fruits that have natural sugars added that come from fructose, the sugar found in the fruit. In moderation of course, eating fruit is a great way to get needed vitamins and nutrition throughout your day. You can use dried fruit as a quick and delicious way to get benefits of quick energy on those busy and chaotic days. In some cases, as with apricot, eating the fruit dried is the most nutritious way to eat it. You can also use raisins, cranberries, figs, mangos and cherries to increase the yum yum factor of your trail mix, oatmeal, cereal, frozen yogurt, baking, power bars, or to simply savor by itself. Dates, raisins, and figs are also great ways to transform desserts into healthier choices that not only satisfy the sugar craving, but come loaded with nutrition to help the body rather then hurt it.